Effective autumn semester 2015, a new University rule went into effect allowing students to repeat up to three courses during their undergraduate career. The grade in the repeated course replaces the grade for the original course in the calculation of the cumulative GPA.

Eligibility for Grade Forgiveness

  1. Students may repeat up to three (3) courses, regardless of the number of credit hours of each course.
  2. The same course may be repeated only once under this rule.
  3. Once students have invoked the rule, the second grade will be used to replace the first, even if the second grade earned is lower. Students who passed the course the first time and fail it the second, will lose credit for the course.
  4. Students repeating a course in a sequence or a course that is a prerequisite to another course should complete the repetition before advancing to the next course.
  5. The first attempt of the course must be graded at OSU. Course credit earned via credit by examination (EM) is not considered a first attempt. However, transfer credit (K) earned at another institution, including dual enrollment credit, is considered a first attempt. This means that students who earn K credit for a course (first attempt) and then choose to take it at Ohio State (second attempt) may not apply the forgiveness rule.
  6. The second attempt must be completed at OSU. Students who complete a second attempt at another institution are not eligible for the grade forgiveness rule, even if they return and complete another attempt of the course at OSU.
  7. Students who complete a degree at OSU are not eligible to use grade forgiveness for any courses taken prior to graduating.

Grade Forgiveness Policies and Procedures

  1. Students who wish to use this rule should schedule an appointment with their academic advisor to complete the “Petition to Use the Grade Forgiveness Rule” and review the eligibility requirements and deadlines. Grade forgiveness petitions are submitted directly to the academic advisor.
  2. Students seeking to repeat a high-demand course in which they have already earned an acceptable grade (C or better) may not receive permission to repeat it until students who truly need to take the course have had a chance to enroll. Note: All Accounting and Business courses fall into high-demand categories.
  3. The deadline to submit a grade forgiveness petition will be strictly enforced: Permission to apply this rule must be obtained by the fourth Friday of the semester or summer term (the second Friday of a session during autumn or spring semester, or a six- or eight-week summer session; or the first Friday of a four-week session) in which the repeated course is taken.
  4. If approved, the first attempted grade and credit hours will be removed from the OSU cumulative GPA upon completion of the second attempt.
  5. Forgiveness only impacts the OSU cumulative GPA calculation. All grades remain on the transcript.
  6. Approved requests will not be processed – forgiveness will not be applied to the record – until after the tenth Friday of the term in which students are repeating the course.
  7. If students withdraw from their second attempt, the grade forgiveness petition is canceled and forgiveness is not applied. The withdrawn attempt does not count toward the three course limit for forgiveness.