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Course Repeat and Academic Forgiveness

Repeating Courses

If a student receives a D, F, or W grade in a course, the student can repeat the course. However, a third and final attempt requires permission of the associate dean of Academic Affairs and will be permitted only under compelling circumstances and with the student's written acknowledgment of and agreement to the consequences of not successfully completing the course on the third attempt.

As a condition of being granted a third attempt, the student may be required to utilize available academic support options during the third attempt.

In some programs the student may need to repeat a course, regardless of the grade, if it was taken more than 10 years ago. These courses are usually identified within information about the specific program. The last grade received in a course is used to calculate the grade point average. Earlier grades will remain on the transcript with an appropriate notation.

Limited enrollment programs and/or third party funding may have different requirements.

See the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at your campus to discuss eligibility for repeating a course.

Academic Forgiveness

Students may apply for forgiveness of D and F grades due to an absence of four years from credit study or because they have changed their program of study. The adjusted GPA will be used for determining academic standing to include suspension, probation, good standing, honors and dean's list.

The following conditions apply to both of these situations.

  • D and F grades remain on the transcript followed by a # notation but will be removed from the calculation of the cumulative GPA. (X, W, L, I, N and P grades are neutral and do not effect GPA.)
  • There is no limit on the number of courses that can be forgiven within this policy.
  • Courses included in any credential (AA, AS, AAS, certificate or diploma) will not be forgiven; those courses have already been included in the credential.
  • After the most recent four-year absence or change of program, the student must earn a minimum of 12 additional credits with a GPA of 2.00 or higher for all courses taken after the absence or after the change of program (i.e., if more than 12 credits have been completed at the time of application for forgiveness, all grades will be used to calculate the minimum 2.00 GPA requirement).
  • Once awarded, academic forgiveness cannot be revoked.
  • Students will typically apply for academic forgiveness after their first term back at the college. But students may also apply without being currently registered, if applying for graduation.
  • Only institutional credit is calculated into GPA. Transferred credit will not change the CCAC GPA.

Make an appointment with an academic advisor to discuss whether you are eligible for academic forgiveness.