University Forgiveness Policy

UAB offers the undergraduate student a forgiveness option by which courses taken at UAB may be repeated at UAB, and the grade for the first course will be excluded from the calculation of his/her grade point average (GPA). If a student has repeated a course more than once, the student may choose which grade should be removed from the calculation.

Only courses for which the student has received a grade of C, D, or F may be repeated under this option.

The forgiveness policy may be used a maximum of four (4) times, only once for any course, which allows a student to use the forgiveness for four different courses.

The transcript will show both the original grade and the course repeat grade, but only the grade points and credit hours earned in the repeated courses will be counted toward degree completion and averaged into the student’s GPA.

Once a course grade is declared forgiven, the decision is irrevocable. (The forgiveness policy can be invoked at any time for a repeated course; however, all forgiveness requests must be made prior to application for degree). It is the student’s responsibility to notify the Office of the Registrar of his/her applying the forgiveness policy to a repeated course. The process is not automatic.

Note that individual schools may have course repeat and forgiveness policy rules in addition to the above.

In accordance with the UAB Academic Honor Code, any course grade of F for academic misconduct supersedes any other grade or notation for that class and therefore is not eligible for replacement under the Forgiveness Policy.