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Grade Forgiveness Rule

Effective autumn semester 2015, under Ohio State's recently approved Grade Forgiveness Rule, students can petition to complete a second attempt at a course and apply grade forgiveness to the first attempt. The parameters of the Grade Forgiveness Rule are as follows:

Course Eligibility

To be eligible to apply grade forgiveness to a course:

  • You must meet the requisites to enroll in the course again. Pay attention to the course requisites and any exclusionary clauses in the course description. This may involve enrolling and retaking the course prior to moving on to the next course in the sequence. For example, students who wish to use grade forgiveness on a math course must retake it before enrolling in the next course in the sequence. To review information on forgiving math courses, please review these guidelines.
  • The first attempt of the course must be graded at OSU. Course credit earned via credit by examination (EM) is not considered a first attempt. However, transfer credit (K) earned at another institution, including dual enrollment credit, is considered a first attempt. This means that students who earn K credit for a course (first attempt) and then choose to take it at Ohio State (second attempt) may not apply forgiveness.
  • Once a student has completed a degree at OSU, grade forgiveness cannot be applied to any grades earned prior to graduating. This includes all grades, even failing grades and grades in courses which were not fulfilling any degree requirements. Students can use grade forgiveness on grades earned after completing the degree, although they must also still meet all eligibility requirements.
  • The second attempt must be completed at OSU. Students who complete a second attempt at another institution are not eligible to apply grade forgiveness, even if they return and complete another attempt of the course at OSU.
  • Students can only apply grade forgiveness to up to three (3) courses during their undergraduate career.
  • Students must submit a Grade Forgiveness Rule Petition by the deadline listed on the Important Dates and Deadlines information published by the Office of the University Registrar. For full-semester courses, this deadline is the fourth Friday of the term in which the student is enrolled in the second attempt of a course. Courses with shorter-session meeting patterns have a prorated deadline listed in the date information, available at the link above.
  • Students seeking to repeat a high-demand course in which they have already earned a passing grade may not receive permission to repeat it until students who need to complete their first attempt at the course have had a chance to enroll. For critical demand courses, students who enroll in a second attempt may be disenrolled to allow students who require a first attempt to enroll. Then, after these students have been enrolled, remaining seats will be made available to students intending to complete a second attempt.


Before using grade forgiveness, keep in mind these considerations:

  • Always talk with your academic advisor prior to enrolling in the second attempt of a course to ensure you are eligible to use forgiveness and meet all rule requirements and deadlines.
  • If approved, the first attempt's grade and credit hours will be removed from the OSU CPHR (cumulative point-hour ratio) upon completion of the second attempt.
  • Forgiveness only impacts the OSU cumulative GPA calculation. All grades remain on the student's transcript.
  • Academic standing is not retroactively reviewed if a first attempt's grade is removed from the GPA calculation due to forgiveness.
  • If a student withdraws from his/her second attempt, the grade forgiveness petition is canceled and forgiveness is not applied. The withdrawn attempt does not count toward the maximum of three courses for forgiveness.