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Undergraduate Course Repeat Policy

A student may repeat a course, and have the first grade excluded from the calculation of their cumulative quality point average if the course is an exact equivalent of the previous course taken. A course originally taken for a grade cannot be re-taken on a pass-fail basis.

A student who wishes to take a course at another college and have the credit substitute for a course already taken at Fredonia must secure prior approval from the chairperson of his or her major program (or department of advisement) and have the chairperson certify that the course to be taken is the equivalent of the course the student wishes to repeat. For this option, transfer credit is accepted only if the student earns a “C” or better for the course being repeated and transferred. In that case, the credit (not the grade) will be noted on the transcript. The option of using transfer credit for course repeat may not be utilized by students who have been academically dismissed, unless the student is reinstated and completes courses leading to a degree program at Fredonia.

When courses are repeated, the initial grade will remain on the transcript, but an "E" will appear to the right of the initial grade earned, indicating that this grade is excluded from the grade point average calculation.

Graduate Course Release Policy

Graduate students may retake up to two courses during a single degree program in order to improve the final course grade(s). The Graduate Course Repeat Petition may be obtained from the forms section of the Graduate Studies website. If the petition is approved, neither the previous course grade nor its earned credit will count toward the student's cumulative GPA or overall credit hours. A single course may be retaken only once and must be completed within two years after the completion of the original course. Tuition waivers may not be used to pay for a repeated course. Exceptional circumstances will be reviewed by the coordinator, chair, dean and the Associate Provost for Graduate Studies. However, students who cannot complete courses in a timely manner as determined by the program may be subject to academic dismissal.

It is important to note that although the initial grade will remain on the student's academic transcript, the overall quality point average will be re-calculated based on the new grade earned for the repeated course.

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