Academic Forgiveness Policy

EFFECTIVE FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2020-2021

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 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 advisor or an academic coach at ACE to discuss the policy and complete an Academic Forgiveness Request Form (PDF) and an Academic Contract for Student Success. Finally, students will make an appointment with the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies to submit both forms.

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 first-semester sophomore year.

HOW DOES THE ACADEMIC FORGIVENESS PROCESS WORK?

Step 1: Student will meet with their academic advisor or an academic coach in ACE to complete an Academic Forgiveness Request Form (PDF) and develop an Academic Contract for Student Success at the beginning of their first-semester sophomore year. Contract will include a commitment for a semester GPA of at least 2.0.

Step 2: The advisor or academic coach 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 via Box.

Step 3: Students will make an appointment with the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies to discuss procedure.

Step 4: If students meet ALL the terms of the Academic Contract for Student Success, including earning a semester GPA of at least 2.0, they will receive a notification at the end of their first-semester sophomore year granting them Academic Forgiveness for the requested course(s).

(source: Goucher 2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalogue)