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Enrollment and Student Academic Information Bulletin

Undergraduate Academic Forgiveness Policies

Undergraduate Course Retake Policy (Extended-X)

By action of the Bloomington Faculty Council, students who receive a grade lower than an A may be eligible, upon retaking the course, to remove the earlier grade from their grade point average (GPA). Students wishing to exercise this option must visit their advisor and/or school’s records office to complete an Extended-X (EX) petition to remove the effect of the bad grade from the GPA.

Please note the following restrictions:

  • Students may apply for an Extended-X for a maximum of 3 courses or 10 credits, whichever comes first.
  • Students may only replace a grade for a course once.
  • Students must complete, sign, and submit the EX petition prior to graduation.
  • Not all schools recognize the Extended-X policy in the same manner. Students should refer to their school’s web site, advisors or records office to determine their eligibility for application of this policy.

For a complete list of regulations, please see below.

Bloomington Faculty Council Action (May 3, 1994, as amended December 6, 2011) link

Any undergraduate student may retake a course for which he/she received a grade below an A. The student’s transcript shall record both grades. For the course retaken, only the second grade shall be counted in the determination of the student’s grade-point average (GPA). A student may exercise this option for no more than three courses, totaling no more than 10 credits. A student may use this option only once for a given course.

Any course grade that is excluded from the GPA calculation in accord with this policy shall be marked with an "X" to the right of the assigned grade on the transcript, denoting that this grade has been replaced by a second grade in the course.

To exercise the Extended-X Policy, students who re-enroll in a course must indicate to the school of their major or to University Division, as appropriate, their intent to apply the Extended-X policy to a specific course prior to their date of graduation.

Note: Some schools do not honor this policy for purposes such as school admission, graduation, and probation determination. Consult with your school or University Division advisor, as appropriate, before exercising this option.

Below are the revised Extended-X Implementation Policies, as approved by the Bloomington Faculty Council in March 2001 and amended December 6, 2011. The Implementation Policies were renumbered into a newly-consolidated list, effective Spring 2010.

Extended-X Implementation Policies

Bloomington Faculty Council Action (Circular B37-2001, March 6 & 20, 2001; amended Circular B27-2012, December 6, 2011) link

  • Only courses attempted during or after the Fall 2001 term will be eligible for replacement under the policy.
  • The following grades cannot be replaced under the Extended-X policy: S, P, W, I, R, NC.
  • GPA credit hours for the replaced course will be removed at the point at which the course is replaced.
  • Courses repeatable with different content are not eligible for replacement under this policy unless an academic unit responsible for the course, typically a dean, chooses to permit this by means of a specific authorization procedure.
  • A student may take an equivalent graduate or Honors section of the original course to replace the original grade provided that the retaken course is proven to contain the same academic content with, at the minimum, the same or higher level of academic rigor and expectations of learning outcomes.
  • A student may not request reversal after asking for and applying the GPA exclusion.
  • A student may not replace a grade with a second grade of W, I, R or NC.
  • Students who re-enroll in a course must indicate to the school of their major or to University Division, as appropriate, their intent to apply the Extended-X policy to a specific course prior to graduation.
  • The Extended-X policy will adhere to FX policy (UFC documents 1975, 1976, 1979, 1984, 1987) administrative practice and guidelines regarding exceptional cases, where these are not in conflict with the provisions of the Extended-X Policy nor with these Implementation Policies. A statement of the applicable practices has been compiled and is on file with the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and with the Office of the Registrar.
  • In implementation of the Extended-X policy, as under the FX policy, Bloomington joins all other campuses in honoring the principle that the grade forgiveness/course retake policy on the degree-granting campus is applicable for each student. Hence, if an IUB student transfers to another campus with more liberal grade replacement policies, IUB will honor requests from that campus, on behalf of the student, to replace an IUB grade that may not be replaceable under IUB policy. Were the student to return to IUB for graduation, however, that course exclusion would not apply.

Fresh Start Policy

The Fresh Start policy encourages capable, undergraduate students to return to IU Bloomington by removing the encumbrance of past poor grades on their cumulative program GPA, after these students have demonstrated their preparedness for academic success on renewed enrollment after an absence of at least three years.

Bloomington Faculty Council Action (BL-ACA-H41, December 4, 2018) link

I. Summary of Policy

The Fresh Start Policy provides undergraduate students returning to Indiana University Bloomington on a comparable GPA platform as transfer students, whereby prior work may count towards degree requirements but is not included in calculation of the cumulative Program GPA. Under the policy all grades, credits, and courses remain on the transcript but an adjustment is applied to the academic record to remove the GPA points/values from the cumulative Program GPA for all prior IU coursework.

Credit for any prior IU coursework completed with grades of C or better, including credit taken as a non-degree student, will continue to count towards degree and/or program requirements and credit for any prior IU completed coursework satisfying general education requirements will continue to count towards general education requirements. Thus, students will begin their post-Fresh Start academic record with a Program GPA of 0.0.

II. Eligibility

Students may apply to invoke the Fresh Start policy if they meet both of the following criteria: (1) they are pursuing their first baccalaureate degree, and (2) they have not been enrolled in any IU campus for 36 or more consecutive months (3 years).

Students who left Indiana University in less-than-good academic standing, e.g. academic probation or dismissal, are eligible for application of the Fresh Start policy if they are determined eligible for readmission to Indiana University.

All IU-B undergraduate students who meet the criteria, regardless of the unit of enrollment, are eligible to apply for Fresh Start.

III. Application

Students must make application for Fresh Start by the last day of classes in their first term of enrollment after the 36+-month hiatus. This date is published and available online in the enrollment bulletin.

IV. Conditions

The policy includes the following eight conditions that establish its limitations:

(1) Notations for academic probation, critical probation, academic suspension, and/or academic dismissal from prior terms of enrollment will remain on the academic record, but will not be applied in determining a student’s academic standing following the application of the Fresh Start policy. Only grades and credits earned after the application of the Fresh Start re-enrollment will be used in determining academic standing.

(2) Grades awarded based on a violation of the Academic Ethics policy will not be removed from the Program GPA calculation by application of Fresh Start.

(3) Once awarded, students will not be eligible to use the Extended-X, or any other, grade replacement policy.

(4) Students may apply Fresh Start only once. Once applied, it may not be revoked by the student.

(5) The policy will apply to all terms of IU enrollment, regardless of the campus on which the courses were completed, for purposes of determining Bloomington degree progress and completion.

(6) To earn an IU-B degree, students must earn a minimum of thirty (30) degree-applicable credit hours on the IU-B campus after the application of Fresh Start.

(7) Students receiving a similar academic forgiveness application on another Indiana University campus are not eligible for IU-B Fresh Start.

(8) Students receiving IU-B Fresh Start who subsequently become degree-seeking students on another IU campus are subject to the policies in effect for the IU campus from which they receive their degree.

Students must make application to the dean of their current school of enrollment (the school through which they have been admitted to return to IU) for initial review; upon approving or denying the request, the school will forward the application to a group charged with a final evaluation. The size and membership of this group, typically comprised by advisors, administrators, faculty, and/or students, is set by the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.