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Adjusted Resident Credit (ARC)

Adjusted Resident Credit (ARC) Policy
Any undergraduate student who leaves Old Dominion University in academic difficulty and returns after at least one calendar year will be given the option of requesting a grade point average status equivalent to that of a student admitted as a transfer, according to the conditions and regulations of the policy.

Students wishing to avail themselves of this policy may receive procedural information from the Office of the University Registrar. It is recommended that students review the complete policy (see the University Catalog) before requesting ARC.

Conditions Governing Eligibility for Adjusted Resident Credit

  1. Prior to the one year absence, the student must have a grade point average (GPA) less than 2.00. Upon returning to the University, the student must earn a minimum of 30 credits at Old Dominion University to be eligible for a degree. This must include 12 hours of upper-level courses in the department of the declared major.
  2. The student must have separated from the institution for at least one calendar year. A term in which the student received W grades cannot be counted as part of the calendar year separation.
  3. Upon return, a full-time student must have attained a 2.00 GPA for all work attempted in the first semester or upon completion of the first 12 semester hours for part-time students. Non-degree credit work shall not be counted toward fulfillment of this requirement.
  4. Upon satisfying the above requirements, the student must submit the application for Adjusted Resident Credit (Record Evaluation for Adjusted Resident Credit), at which time the student must have earned a 2.00 GPA for all work attempted since returning to ODU.
  5. This option will be available only ONCE during the student's career at ODU, and must be elected by the end of the second semester following qualifications as described in paragraphs 3 and 4 above. In all cases, the Adjusted Resident Credit option must be elected and the student's record adjusted, prior to graduation. Upon written petition by the student and recommendation of the department chair, waivers of the time limit to elect ARC and the requirement that students have less than a 2.00 GPA, can be made by the dean of the college in which the student's major program resides. Waivers of the requirement that students have less than a 2.00 GPA can be made only in those programs that require greater than a 2.00 for admission.
  6. Consultation and approval by the appropriate department, and approval of the dean(s) of the college(s) in which the student's major program resides will be required. Once an application is approved and submitted, the student will not be permitted to change status for the purpose of computing the cumulative GPA or application of credit toward graduation.
  7. All grades received at the University will be part of the individual's official transcript and will be used to determine honor awards. However, computation of a new GPA for graduation and continuance will be based on work performed subsequent to reinstatement. Computation of GPA for Latin honors at graduation includes all coursework taken at Old Dominion University. If the student's overall GPA is sufficient, graduation with honors will be posted to the student's record. Grades for which ARC has been applied are indicated by "R" in front of the original letter grade.
  8. Under this option:
    • eligible students will receive degree credit only for those courses in which grades of C (2.00) or better were earned prior to readmission
    • likewise, hours attempted for courses in which grades of C-, D+, D, D- or F were received prior to readmission, will not be considered in computing the student's new cumulative GPA, and
    • grade points earned for any course completed prior to readmission will not count in determining the student's new cumulative GPA.
  9. In cases of dual jurisdiction, University continuance regulations will prevail.