2014–2015 Undergraduate Catalog

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Academic Regulations and Policies

Grade Forgiveness Policy for Reentry Students

Students who reenter Viterbo University after a minimum of two year’s absence from Viterbo may apply for grade forgiveness of previous coursework at Viterbo University under the following guidelines:

  • The student must have been readmitted to Viterbo University and must have completed at least 16 but no more than 45 credits of graded coursework with an overall grade point average of 2.0 or higher from time of reentry. Continuous attendance is required to achieve 16 credits.
  • The student must apply in writing to the director of student success for grade forgiveness by completing the form which is obtained from that office.
  • The student who is granted grade forgiveness will have, on the transcript, all previous grades earned from Viterbo University prior to reentering the university identified by the statement “grade forgiveness policy applied to the above.” These grades will not be calculated in the new grade point average.
  • Once grade forgiveness is granted a new cumulative grade point average will begin from the semester of reentry into Viterbo University.
  • Once grade forgiveness is granted, all grades initially received will remain on the student’s permanent record (transcript) along with a notation of the grade forgiveness action.
  • The student may request grade forgiveness only once.
  • All credits in semesters in which grade forgiveness is granted are treated as credit earned or not earned, similar to grades of CR or NC, not as letter grade credits, since they are not calculated in the new grade point average. Courses with a grade of “C” or better are counted as earned credits while grades of “CD” or lower are counted as not earned. Since all credits earned with a grade lower than “C” are lost when academic forgiveness is granted, students should carefully consider whether it is in their best interest to apply for grade forgiveness. Once grade forgiveness is granted, the decision is final.
  • The criteria for entry into specific programs are independent of this policy.
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