The academic forgiveness policy allows forgiveness of D and F grades for purposes of calculating the Grade Point Average (GPA) required for graduation. Grades disregarded for GPA computation remain on the student's permanent record.
This policy is designed to help students who left college with low grades. It will be implemented, provided certain conditions are satisfied, where the D and F repeat rule is not applicable:
This policy applies only to the calculation of the GPA
required for graduation and does not apply to GPA calculation for special
academic recognition (such as graduating with honors) or to requirements for
professional certification which may be within the province of
licensure boards, external agencies, or the West Virginia Board of Education.
A College of Science student may apply for academic forgiveness by submitting to the College of Science's Associate Dean an application for "Academic Forgiveness" (pdf) or available in the College of Science's Dean's office. The Associate Dean can accept, modify, or reject the application and will provide a justification.
Students who do not normally qualify for readmission because of a low GPA will, if their request for forgiveness is approved, be readmitted and placed on academic probation. The decision of forgiveness must be made again whenever the student changes programs, departments, colleges, or institutions.
Students should be aware that this policy is not necessarily recognized by other institutions of higher education outside the state of West Virginia.