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Grade Forgiveness

Application of Grade Forgiveness

The Grade Forgiveness Policy became effective for the Fall 1997 semester. Courses repeated prior to the Fall 1997 semester are not eligible for grade forgiveness. Complete information on this policy is availabe in the University Catalog.

It is not necessary to apply for grade forgiveness. The Registrar automatically applies the GFP to all eligible course repeats at the end of each semester, including the Summer session, after all grades are posted. Grade forgiveness will not be processed after a student graduates.

Under the Grade Forgiveness Policy, undergraduate students seeking baccalaureate degrees may improve their grade point average (GPA) by repeating a course taken previously.

The repeated course:

  • must be the same course as taken previously (same number, same title, same credit value, and, for topics and seminar courses, same subtitle and same credit value)
  • must be completed at Old Dominion University
  • may be repeated only ONCE with grade forgiveness applied.

Courses that were originally taken as a four-credit lecture/lab but have been partitioned into and subsequently taken as a three-credit lecture and one-credit lab (both gradable) are NOT eligible for grade forgiveness.

For example:
ORIG COURSE: CHEM 115N (4 credits, lecture/lab)
NEW COURSES: CHEM 121N (3 credits, lecture) and CHEM 122N (1 credit, lab)
CHEM 121N/122N does NOT forgive CHEM 115N

ORIG COURSE: BIOL 115N (4 credits, lecture/lab)
NEW COURSES: BIOL 121N (3 credits, lecture) and BIOL 122N (1 credit, lab)
BIOL 121N/122N does NOT forgive BIOL 115N


  • Effective with the Fall 2009 semester, students may use grade forgiveness for up to five courses during enrollment at the University.
  • Grade forgiveness is only applied to a course if you received a grade of C-, D+, D, D-, F, or WF the first time you took the course.
  • Under the GFP, only the second grade earned, whether higher or lower than the original grade, will be calculated in the GPA for the purposes of continuance, graduation, etc. Any repeats of a course after grade forgiveness has been applied will be averaged with other course work.
  • Student transcripts will continue to list all courses taken and the grades received. Courses for which grade forgiveness has been applied are indicated by a "/" following the grade letter.
  • An enhanced GPA using the GFP determines eligibility for continuance and graduation, but does not determine eligibility for graduation with honors or Dean's List. Academic suspensions will not be removed from student transcripts, and Dean's List status will not be added after use of the GFP. GPA calculation for Latin honors (at graduation) reflects the student's complete academic record, including courses that have been forgiven. If the student's overall GPA is sufficient, graduation with honors will be posted to the student's record. For more information on Latin honors, see Graduation Procedures.
  • Students may elect to use both the GFP and the Adjusted Resident Credit (ARC) policy. However, students cannot use the GFP for individual courses for which they have already used the ARC policy.