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The Academic Forgiveness Policy (AFP) allows a student enrolled beginning Fall 2013 to eliminate from the GPA calculation up to three courses in which a D or F was earned. Students enrolled prior to Fall 2013 who were under the former Academic Redemption Policy will be allowed academic forgiveness on a modified scale.

The following conditions apply:
  • Courses taken prior to fall semester 2003 may not be considered for academic forgiveness.
  • While D or F grades in required courses may be eliminated before the course is repeated, the required course must be repeated satisfactorily at Clemson University before graduation. Both grades will remain on the transcript, degree progress report, and other official documents. For financial aid purposes, courses repeated under this policy resulting in duplicate credit do not count for satisfactory academic progress.
  • The AFP shall apply only to courses taken at Clemson University. Course substitutions are not permitted.
  • Candidates for graduation must request AFP by the deadline to submit candidate grades. See Academic Calendars.
  • Students may not invoke the AFP after they have graduated. After graduation, students may repeat coursework, but both grades will be calculated in the grade-point average.
  • The AFP may not be applied to a course taken on a Pass-No Pass basis or to any course in which the student was previously found in violation of the academic integrity policy.
An Academic Forgiveness Request Form must be submitted to Enrolled Student Services in 104 Sikes Hall.

For a comparison of Redemption Policy and Forgiveness Policy, see below.

Redemption (old policy)Forgiveness (new policy)
Redemption was an automatic process Student decides when to use the Forgiveness Policy and must initiate the process with advisor
Redemption was tied to withdrawal hours Forgiveness is not tied to withdrawal hours. Effective Fall 2013, students will not have a limit on withdrawal hours
Course must be retaken at Clemson Courses required for degree must be retaken at Clemson. If the course is not required for the degree, it can be forgiven and does not have to be retaken.
  Can apply to classes retroactive (i.e., current senior could forgive class from freshman year) only for courses taken Fall 2003 or later
Limited to 10 hours of redemption Limited to three classes
For students who enrolled under the Academic Redemption Policy, remaining redemption hours will be converted to Forgiveness courses (on a proportionate basis) beginning of Fall 2013. The scale used for the conversion is published in the FAQs below.

Academic Forgiveness FAQs

What is Clemson's Academic Forgiveness Policy?
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Beginning in Fall 2013, the Academic Forgiveness Policy (AFP) is the University policy that allows an undergraduate student to eliminate from the GPA up to three courses in which a grade of D or F was previously earned. Courses for which forgiveness has been applied will remain on the transcript with a notation that the credit and grade have been excluded from the earned hours and the GPA. Note that graduate schools and professional programs may choose to recalculate GPAs to include the original D or F grade for their selection processes. The AFP replaces the previous Academic Redemption Policy.

How does academic forgiveness work?
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An undergraduate student who enrolls in Fall 2013 or after may delete a maximum of three (3) course grades with D or F from the computation of their cumulative GPA. In consultation with the advisor, a student may choose when or if to use academic forgiveness for an eligible course. Discussion with the advisor should include consideration of credit hour requirements to retain scholarships and loans or to meet satisfactory progress requirements for various programs. To utilize the AFP, the student or advisor should complete an Academic Forgiveness Request Form. Both advisor and student sign the form. The signed form must be returned to the Office of Enrolled Student Services where the grade change will be processed. Courses for which forgiveness has been applied will remain on the transcript with a notation that the credit and grade have been excluded from the earned hours and the GPA.

Are there courses for which I can't use Academic Forgiveness?
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Yes. Only courses taken at Clemson University may be forgiven. Course substitutions are not permitted. Courses take prior to Fall 2003 may not be considered for academic forgiveness. Students may not use AFP after they have graduated. The AFP may not be applied to a course taken on a Pass-No Pass basis or to any course in which the student was previously found in violation of the academic integrity policy.

Can I use Academic Forgiveness for a course and then transfer the same course to Clemson?
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No. You may not receive transfer credit for the same course that you received Academic Forgiveness. If you wish to transfer a course to fulfill the curricular requirement, you must choose a different course than the one for which you received Academic Forgiveness.

When did the Academic Forgiveness Policy go into effect?
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The AFP goes into effect in fall 2013. It applies to courses taken by undergraduate students beginning in the fall semester of 2003; however, students enrolled prior to fall 2013 will receive forgiveness courses based on how many redemption hours they have remaining at the end of summer 2013. Courses taken prior to fall semester 2003 may not be forgiven.

Do I have to retake the course in which I made a D or F the next term to benefit from AF?
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No. D or F grades may be forgiven regardless of whether the course is repeated. If the course is not required for your degree, you may choose to use forgiveness and choose not to repeat that particular course. The D or F grade in a required course may be eliminated before the course is repeated; however, the required course must be repeated satisfactorily at Clemson University before graduation. You may retake the course in any future term if you have sufficient Forgiveness courses remaining. You may not receive transfer credit for the same course that you received Academic Forgiveness. If you wish to transfer a course to fulfill the curricular requirement, you must choose a different course than the one for which you received Academic Forgiveness.

What happens when I retake a course that does not qualify for the Academic Forgiveness Policy?
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The grade for the initial course and the grade for the retaken course are both used in calculating your GPA; however, credits for the course will be counted only once toward the number of hours required for graduation.

Can I choose which course grades to eliminate under the Academic Forgiveness Policy?
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Yes. If you have sufficient forgiveness courses remaining, you may choose to use forgiveness at any time after a grade of D or F is earned. You will discuss the use of forgiveness with your advisor who will initiate the forgiveness grade change. Discussion with your advisor should include consideration of credit hour requirements to retain scholarships and loans or to meet satisfactory progress requirements for various programs. If you do not have sufficient Forgiveness courses remaining, the AFP will not apply.

Does the AFP apply to courses taken at other institutions?
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No. The AFP only applies to work taken at Clemson.

How will I know how many AFP courses I have?
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New undergraduate students first enrolling in fall 2013 will have three forgiveness courses. For undergraduates who first enrolled prior to fall 2013, academic redemption hours will be converted as shown below based on their remaining redemption hours at the end of second summer session 2013.

Redemption HoursForgiveness Courses
10
20
31
41
52
62
72
83
93
103

How will withdrawal hours affect my forgiveness courses?
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Forgiveness is not tied to withdrawal hours. Effective fall 2013, students will not have limits on withdrawal hours.

Does the AFP apply to Pass/No Pass courses?
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No. Pass/No Pass courses are not eligible for forgiveness.

How will a forgiven course appear on my transcript?
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All courses for which a grade is awarded at Clemson University will remain on the transcript. Courses for which forgiveness has been applied will remain on the transcript with a notation that the credit and grade have been excluded from the earned hours and the GPA.

Can a course be forgiven in my last semester while I am a candidate for graduation?
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Candidates for graduation must request AFP by the deadline to submit candidate grades. See academic calendars.

If I re-enroll after graduating from Clemson, can I be forgiven for earlier courses?
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No. The Academic Forgiveness Policy does not apply to a student who has graduated. If a course is repeated after graduation, both grades will be calculated in the GPA.

What if I use all of my Academic Forgiveness courses and change my mind later about which courses I want to use them for?
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Once Academic Forgiveness has been applied, the grade and credit cannot be restored.

Can I undo a course that I redeemed earlier under the Academic Redemption Policy and use Academic Forgiveness instead?
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No.

The Academic Forgiveness Policy is published in the Undergraduate Announcements.
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