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H-2 Undergraduate Grade Forgiveness

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. 

This procedure is available to all degree-seeking undergraduate students while active, suspended, dismissed, on Leave of Absence, or discontinued.  Although this policy was first implemented in Summer 2020, it can be used for courses completed prior to implementation or as a non-degree student.  Once a student has earned their degree and graduated with their associate or baccalaureate degree, they cannot request grade forgiveness for courses taken prior to graduation. Students enrolling in a sequential degree can only use grade forgiveness for courses taken after the first degree was awarded. 

Definitions

Procedure

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. The only exception is for a student who is suspended at the end of a semester and for whom Grade Forgiveness would result in a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. This student can use Grade Forgiveness to return to good standing. If the cumulative GPA would not be above 2.0, a petition for an immediate stay of academic suspension would be the only way to seek a change in standing.

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.

Senate Policy:  47-80, Repeating Courses

Approved:  ACUE (11-7-19, Effective Summer 2020)
Revised: ACUE (11-3-22)