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policy shall be marked with an "X" to the right of the assigned grade on the transcript, denoting that this grade has been replaced by a second grade in the course.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