Academic Forgiveness Policy

EFFECTIVE FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2021-2022

In recognition of the challenges that may occur in a student’s transition from high school to college, the following opportunity will be extended by the associate provost for undergraduate studies to students. Students may request to eliminate from their GPA calculation up to three courses in which an F grade was earned during their first or second semester at Goucher College if they earn a C- or a Pass in at least 12 credits in the subsequent semester. To facilitate the recalculation, the F grades will be converted to a No-Pass (NP) grade.

Students will be informed about the Academic Forgiveness Policy by their pre-major advisors during their first year at Goucher College. First-semester sophomores who want to take advantage of the Academic Forgiveness Policy should meet at the beginning of the semester with an academic advisor or coach in ACE and develop an Academic Contract for Student Success (PDF) and complete an Academic Forgiveness Request Form. Students will then make an appointment with the associate provost for undergraduate studies to discuss the process. Only students who meet the terms of their contract and achieve minimum GPA standards (a C- or Pass in at least 12 credits) will be granted Academic Forgiveness for eligible courses in their first year. Students will get a notification from the associate provost for undergraduate studies by the end of their first-semester sophomore year.

HOW DOES THE ACADEMIC FORGIVENESS PROCESS WORK?

Step 1: At the beginning of their first-semester sophomore year, student will meet with their academic advisor to discuss the policy and to complete an Academic contract for Student Success. Contract will include a commitment for a semester GPA of at least 2.0. Students are required to earn a C- or a Pass in at least 12 credits. Students will submit an Academic Forgiveness Request form

Step 2: Students will meet with the associate provost for undergraduate studies to discuss the process.

Step 3: If students meet the terms of the Academic Contract for Student Success, they will receive a notification before the second semester of their sophomore year granting them Academic Forgiveness for the requested course(s).