Repeating Courses and Forgiveness Policy
Subject to the guidelines below, a student may re-take up to three courses under the University's grade forgiveness policy to replace a grade previously earned in a course. This policy does not apply to courses in which the student earned a grade of “C” or better, nor does it apply to any course repeated prior to the fall 1994 semester or to courses in which a student earned a grade of less than “C” if the grade resulted from an officially adjudicated academic integrity violation. Please note that students may not receive credit more than once for a course, unless the course is listed in the catalog as approved for multiple credits.Download the Repeating Courses and Forgiveness Policy Form (PDF)
Special Petition to Repeat a Course under the Forgiveness Policy
The required procedure and other guidelines for the grade forgiveness policy are as follows:
- The student must complete and submit to the Academic Advising Office a “Special Petition to Repeat a Course under the Forgiveness Policy” form. If the form is properly completed and all requirements for the grade forgiveness are satisfied, the UAAO will approve the petition, and the student will file the form in the Registrar’s Office.
- All grades remain on the student’s transcript. The original course attempt will have an annotation indicating that the course has been repeated for forgiveness.
- Both the forgiven course and the repeated course must be taken at The University of Tampa under the standard grading system (A-F); forgiveness of S/U courses is not permitted.
- During a student’s academic career, he or she may petition to have up to three grades forgiven under this policy. The student may not repeat the same course, for purposes of grade forgiveness, more than two times. If the student withdraws from a course being repeated under this policy, the withdrawn attempt will nonetheless be considered as one of his or her three petitions.
- If a student repeats a course without following these procedures, the student will receive credit only once for the course, and all grades in the course will be averaged into the student’s cumulative grade point average. Prior to Spring 2005, the original attempt will be marked with an “R” next to the grade to indicate that the course was repeated but the grade was not forgiven.
- Prior to Spring 2005 a forgiven course was noted with a “Z” next to the original grade.
- The forgiveness policy may be applied only to a specific course that a student wishes to repeat. Under unusual circumstances, a different but similar course may be used if the Academic Appeals Committee approves the substitute course and the approval is on file in the Registrar’s Office. With prior approval of the Academic Appeals Committee, a course different from the original course may be substituted in the following cases:
- The substitute course differs in prefix, number, hours or title, but does not differ substantially in content from the original course.
- The substitute course replaces a course no longer offered by the institution.
The policy statement above is taken from the 2011-2012 UT Catalog, page 34.