May 26, 2020  
2019-2020 Student Handbook and Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Student Handbook and Undergraduate Catalog

Academic Clemency

Academic Clemency allows students with poor academic records to erase all previous academic credit and start over. Academic Clemency has strict rules and regulations. Students wishing to apply for Academic Clemency should first discuss the program with the Vice President for Student Affairs Office. This process is not intended for students struggling to stay in school due to poor academic performance but rather for students who have achieved acceptable academic performance following a break in enrollment in higher education. Academic Clemency is primarily designed to assist students in earning a certificate or degree, which without clemency would be unlikely to complete a program of study. It cannot be used to assist students in achieving graduation honors. Students in the program are advised that some undergraduate, graduate and professional schools compute undergraduate GPA based on all hours completed and do not recognize Academic Clemency.


  1. At least two years must have elapsed from the end of the semester in which the student was last enrolled for credit
  2. Academic Clemency is a special program offered to students who have dropped out of college or have been suspended because of poor academic performance. Those demonstrating sufficient maturity and aptitude are chosen for Academic Clemency.
  3. An interested student must submit a letter requesting Academic Clemency to the Vice President for Student Affairs Office. The letter should include evidence that all conditions were met and that a satisfactory performance can be expected.
  4. The Vice President for Student Affairs Office evaluates every application and recommends only those who satisfy the requirements and show potential for success. Applying for Academic Amnesty does not guarantee a student’s approval for entry into the program and does not apply to Financial Aid requirements.
  5. Academic credit earned prior to declaring Academic Clemency is included as part of a degree program. However, the previous record remains part of the student’s overall academic record.

Conditions and requirements:

  1. Academic Clemency may be granted only once.
  2. Course work to be excluded must be contiguous and at least two years old.
  3. Students must not have been enrolled in higher education for at least two years.
  4. Students must have completed at least 15 semester hours applicable to their GPA with a 2.00 or higher.
  5. Selected courses within a semester may not be excluded.
  6. Students must submit a written request to the Vice President for Student Affairs.

If granted, Academic Clemency will apply to all coursework within a semester or a contiguous block of semesters. All grades and credits successfully completed during the semester(s) for which clemency is requested will be forfeited. All grades and courses will remain on the student’s transcript; however, the grades will not be calculated in the student’s overall grade point average. The student’s transcript will carry the permanent notation, “Academic Clemency granted for ______ semester(s).”

This policy does not apply to eligibility for financial aid and may not be accepted by other colleges and universities for students who transfer. For further information on the financial aid implications, contact the Financial Aid Office.