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
- 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
- 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
- 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.