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H-2 Undergraduate Grade Forgiveness

In semesters that the University Faculty Senate implements policy 47-90 Supplemental Satisfactory Grade/Passing Grade/No Grade Grading System – Baccalaureate and Associate Degree Candidates, see G-11 for guidance on how H-2 will be implemented.

Academic recovery and success supported by early intervention and coordinated efforts that allow students to actively improve their academic standing is the driving force behind this policy.

It is part of a broader effort by Faculty Senate to align a larger set of policies aimed at academic recovery.  Overall, it is part of a set of procedures intended to help reduce the number of students in academic difficulty and to promote learning along with academic success.  Enabling undergraduate students to adjust their grade-point average after repeating a course in which they earned less than a C grade facilitates learning and mastery of academic content while also allowing them to reduce recovery points with the overarching goal of successfully completing their Penn State degree. 

Grade forgiveness can only be requested after the student has repeated the course and earned a higher grade.  The original grade remains on the transcript, but grade point averages are calculated without the forgiven grade.  Grade forgiveness does not automatically alter prior academic decisions. Students should recognize that subsequent graduate or professional programs may opt to calculate a Grade Point Average based on all grades on an official transcript. 

Upon implementation, this procedure is available to all current degree-seeking undergraduate students, including for courses completed prior to implementation or as a non-degree student.  Once a student has earned their degree and graduated with their baccalaureate degree, they cannot request grade forgiveness. 



The following criteria govern requests for Grade Forgiveness:

When a grade is omitted through this policy:

Grade forgiveness will not change the Academic Standing of a previous semester.  A petition for an immediate stay of academic suspension would be the appropriate way to manage this type of situation.

Senate Policy:  47-80, Repeating Courses

Approved:  ACUE (11-7-19, Effective Summer 2020)