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Oklahoma State University

Academic Forgiveness

Policies and Procedures Letter 2-0820:
Academic Forgiveness for Undergraduate Students

Repeated Courses
A student may repeat up to four courses (totaling up to 18 hours) of "D" or "F" and have only the second grade (even if it is lower) included in the calculation of the graduation retention GPA. The original course and grade remain on the transcript and are noted with an * indicating exclusion from the graduation/retention GPA. The cumulative GPA includes both the original and the repeat grade. If a student repeats a course more than once, only the first "D" or "F" is excluded from the graduation/retention GPA. Grades will be averaged for other repeated courses (e. g., the student repeated more than four courses or repeated courses in which the student received an "A", "B", or "C").

Academic Reprieve Form
Academic Renewal allows a student who has had poor academic performance in the past to request that one semester or two consecutive semesters be "reprieved" and not included in the calculation of the graduation/retention GPA if all of the following apply:

  • At least three years have passed between the semester/s in question and the reprieve request.
  • Prior to requesting Academic Reprieve, the student must have earned a GPA of 2.0 or higher with no grade lower than a “C” in at least 12 hours of regularly graded course work including OSU and transfer work and excluding activity or performance courses.
  • No reprieve previously granted.
  • Extenuating circumstances affected performance during semester/s in question.

Academic Reprieve request forms are signed by the student's advisor and Director of Student Academic Services.  Forms submitted to Academic Affairs are considered by a review committee. Reprieved semesters remain on the transcript but are noted with a # indicating exclusion from the graduation/retention GPA. If the student passed a course during the reprieved semester/s, the course may be used to fulfill content requirements, but the credits will not apply toward graduation requirements.

Academic Renewal Form
Academic Renewal allows a student who has had poor academic performance in the past to recover without penalty and have a fresh start. Under Academic Renewal, course work taken prior to a date specified by the institution is not counted in the student’s graduation/retention GPA.

A student may request Academic Renewal if all of the following conditions apply:

  • At least five years must have elapsed between the last semester being renewed and the renewal request.
  • Prior to requesting Academic Renewal, the student must have earned a GPA of 2.0 or higher with no grade lower than a “C” in at least 12 hours of regularly graded course work including OSU and transfer work and excluding activity or performance courses.
  • The request will be for all courses completed before the date specified in the request for renewal.

Academic Renewal request forms are signed by the student's advisor and Director of Student Academic Service.  Forms submitted to Academic Affairs are considered by a review committee. All courses remain on the student’s transcript, but are not calculated in the student’s retention/graduation GPA. Neither the content nor credit hours of renewed course work may be used to fulfill any degree or graduation requirements.

Contact Academic Affairs, 101 Whitehurst, (405) 744-5627 if you have any questions.