The Repeat Policy and the Forgiveness Policy below appear in the Undergraduate Catalog and are effective Fall, 2006.
Course Repeat Policy
Any course taken at UAB may be repeated at UAB; however, students should be aware that course repeats might not be looked upon favorably by some employers and professional schools. Courses are normally repeated to achieve a passing grade or an improved understanding of the course content. Students are encouraged to seek advice of an academic advisor before repeating courses.
For courses repeated at UAB, both the original grade and the repeated grade(s) will show on the student’s transcript and will be calculated in the student’s grade point average (GPA).
Academic departments and schools may have additional provisions regarding repeat courses and the calculation of GPA.
UAB offers the undergraduate student a forgiveness option by which courses taken at UAB may be repeated at UAB, and the grade for the first course will be excluded from the calculation of his/her grade point average (GPA).
Only courses for which the student has received a grade of C, D, or F may be repeated under this option.
The forgiveness policy may be used a maximum of four (4) times, only once for any course, which allows a student to use the forgiveness for four different courses.
The transcript will show both the original grade and the course repeat grade, but only the grade points and credit hours earned in the repeated courses will be counted toward degree completion and averaged into the student’s GPA.
Once a course grade is declared forgiven, the decision is irrevocable. (The forgiveness policy can be invoked at any time for a repeated course; however, all forgiveness requests must be made prior to application for degree.) It is the student’s responsibility to notify the Office of Registration and Academic Records of his/her applying the forgiveness policy to a repeated course. The process is not automatic.
The Forgiveness Policy can only be applied to grades earned at UAB. Transfer GPA will be calculated on all grades earned at other institution(s).
You may submit a request for the forgiveness policy through the Office of Registration and Academic Records. The form is available online and at Room 207 of the Hill University Center. Completed request forms should be submitted to Room 207 HUC.