Academic Forgiveness Policy (Pilot)

The pilot Academic Forgiveness Policy aims to create a path forward for students whose future progress may not be best served by repeating these courses. This is most often the case for students who change their major and as such repeating a failed course does not progress them towards degree completion in their new major.

By offering an opportunity for academic forgiveness, the university hopes students may continue their education without unnecessarily investing the time and resources in repeating courses.

Academic Forgiveness Policy

Policy Intention: Academic Forgiveness is available to all currently enrolled undergraduate students, the spirit of the policy stems from the university’s desire to support continued progress for students who may have changed their major and as a result, would not benefit from repeating courses taken for their original major. However, in accordance with WCU’s Policy on Policies, it is important to ensure that policies do not impact one group over another in a discriminatory fashion nor benefit one group at the expense of another, thus the proposition to allow the application of said proposed policy to all currently enrolled students.

Policy: Undergraduate students may improve their overall GPA by invoking Academic Forgiveness, the exclusion of a maximum of three courses (not to exceed 12 credit hours) in which the student received a grade of D (+/-), F, or Z. When Academic Forgiveness is applied, the course grade is excluded from the student’s GPA calculation.

If the original course had earned the student credit (D grades), the credit will remain as earned and count towards degree completion. A transcript notation of Academic Forgiveness is applied.

Note: Academic Forgiveness differs from the undergraduate repeat policy which allows students to repeat courses to replace the original grade. Students must utilize the undergraduate repeat policy if repeating the course is required for their degree progression.

Additional Policy notes:

  • The forgiven courses remain on the student's permanent academic record/transcript along with the original grade. However, the grade is not calculated into the student’s overall GPA. If the original course had earned the student credit (D grades), the credit will remain as earned and count towards degree completion. A transcript notation of Academic Forgiveness is applied.
  • Students can petition to invoke Academic Forgiveness.
  • Courses cannot be both repeated and forgiven. If a student re-enrolls in a course, the repeat policy is invoked, and that course cannot be subsequently forgiven.
  • Please be aware that forgiveness cannot be recognized for federal financial aid eligibility. Per Title IV regulations, the Office of Financial Aid must include all grades and attempted credits in the calculation for satisfactory academic progress.

How to request academic forgiveness

Students must meet with a student success professional to discuss how academic forgiveness contributes to their degree-completion path. To schedule an appointment please email studentsuccess@wcupa.edu

 

Students will work with a student success professional to submit a request for academic forgiveness which will be reviewed by their major chairperson and college dean.

Questions

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions. Simply email studentsuccess@wcupa.edu

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