Academic Forgiveness Policy

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 first-year, non-transfer students. Such 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. In order to facilitate the recalculation, the F grade will be converted to a No-Pass (NP) grade.

Students who want to take advantage of the Academic Forgiveness Policy should meet with their faculty advisor to discuss the policy and complete the request form. An Academic Forgiveness Request Form (PDF) should be submitted the first week of classes of the fall sophomore semester with course numbers and student and advisor´s signatures to the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies. The first-year non-transfer students will then have three weeks to meet with an academic coach in ACE and develop an Academic Contract for Student Success. Finally, students will submit the form to the Associate Provost office.

Only students who meet the terms of their contract and achieve minimum GPA standards as agreed to in the Academic Contract for Student Success 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 fall sophomore semester.

How does the Academic Forgiveness process work?

Step 1: At the end of the first academic year, the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies will print a report showing first-year non-transfer students whose GPA has fallen under 2.0.

Step 2: The Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies will notify first-year non-transfer students whose GPA has fallen under 2.0 and their advisors of the possibility to apply for Academic Forgiveness.

Step 3: Student will meet with their faculty advisor to discuss the policy and complete a request form (PDF).

Step 4: Student will contact an academic coach in ACE to develop an Academic Contract for Student Success containing both required academic activities and personalized academic goals. Contracts will need to include regular scheduled meetings with a team member in ACE, and a plan to attend all classes and turn in assignments on time. Contract will also include a commitment for a semester GPA of at least 2.0.

Step 5: Students will submit the Academic Forgiveness Request Form (PDF) and a copy of the Academic Contract for Student Success to the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies.

Step 6: Students will send a copy of the Academic Forgiveness Form and the Academic Contract for Student Success to their advisor and their faculty.

Step 7: If students meet ALL the terms of the Academic Contract for Student Success, including earning a GPA of at least 2.0, they will receive a notification at the end of their fall sophomore semester granting them Academic Forgiveness for the requested course(s).