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Repeating Courses

  • Revision Approval Date: 9/6/16
  • Revision Effective Date:9/6/16
  • Issuing Authority: Provost
  • Implementing Office: Office of the Provost

PURPOSE AND APPLICATION

This policy specifies the method of calculating grade point averages for repeated courses and the process by which undergraduate students may petition for GPA adjustment.

STATEMENT OF POLICY

Students may repeat courses at Drexel University consistent with this policy. The University computes a single, unified grade point average (GPA) for all courses taken at the University. All grades from original and repeated course enrollments are averaged into the cumulative GPA unless the Petition for GPA adjustment for Repeated Courses for Undergraduate Students is approved. Only the credits earned from the first time a course is completed with a passing grade will be included in a student's earned hours and passed hours.

Undergraduate Students - Petition for GPA adjustment for Repeated Courses

Undergraduate students may repeat courses with the standard averaging. In addition, undergraduate students may petition that only the highest grade be counted in the cumulative grade point average up to a maximum of four separate occurrences, limited to one occurrence for each specific course, for courses in which they received a grade of C- or below such that the lower letter grade being removed in GPA calculations.

Undergraduate students who wish to repeat courses, using the petition option may do so under the following conditions:

  • This policy applies only to courses taken at Drexel University.
  • The earliest attempt resulting in a grade of "C-"or lower and must have been taken during or after Fall Quarter of the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • A student may not petition for GPA adjustment for a course taken after degree conferral.
  • A student must be enrolled in the second course attempt and petition for GPA adjustment by the end of the drop/add period.
  • A student may for GPA adjustment only once for a specific course.
  • A student may not exceed four repeated courses using this petition option.
  • The original occurrence of the course may not have a grade of INC, W or CR/NCR.
  • A student’s grade in the original course may not be a result of academic misconduct as documented through the Office of Student Conduct.
  • All occurrences of the course along with associated grades will remain on the student’s academic record as well as on the official transcript.
  • Courses or programs with high enrollment demand reserve the right to offer registration priority to students taking the course for the first time.
  • Students who are approved for petition for GPA adjustment will not be eligible for undergraduate 4.0 cumulative grade point average recognition at the time of graduation.

Graduate Students

Graduate students may repeat up to a total of two courses, which are being applied to their degree and for which they have received grades of B- or below in required core courses taken in the major field and grades of C- or below in all other graduate courses in the student’s plan of study. Courses may be repeated only once. Both grades earned for a course will remain on the student’s record; both grades will be used in GPA calculations.

POPULATIONS AFFECTED

All students.

Guidelines Applicable Only to Undergraduate Students

  • A petition for the course that is being repeated with GPA adjustment must be submitted by the advisor to the Office of the University Registrar. The Office of the University Registrar will approve such petitions and ensure that the student meets all conditions of eligibility.
  • All occurrences of course enrollment along with associated grades will remain on the student’s academic record as well as evidenced on an official transcript.
  • Once an approved repeat petition is processed, the lowest previous occurrence of the course is noted as repeated with GPA adjustment and the grade points and credits attempted are removed from the student’s GPA calculations. The highest grade earned, irrespective of the term in which course was taken, will be calculated into the student’s term and cumulative GPAs.
  • If a course is repeated and does not meet the eligibility for GPA adjustment, all grades are calculated into the term and cumulative GPAs.
  • Once a course is considered passed, credit will be assigned only once per course in satisfying respective degree requirements.
  • Students should consult with Drexel Central to determine the impact of course repeats on their financial aid eligibility.
  • Students who receive VA benefits should consult with Drexel Central and the Office of Veterans' Affairs to determine the impact of course repeats on their eligibility for benefits.