Academic Forgiveness Policy for Reentry Students
Viterbo University -  900 Viterbo Drive La Crosse, WI 54601
Students who reenter Viterbo University after at least two years absence and whose cumulative grade point average is below a 2.5 at the time of re-entry may petition for academic forgiveness of previous Viterbo coursework. This petition will be reviewed by the Academic Standing Committee, and convened by the Director of Student Success, which will decide whether academic forgiveness will be granted.
Academic forgiveness means that:
  • All credits earned in semesters in which academic forgiveness is granted will be treated as earned or not earned, similar to grades of CR/NC, and will not count towards the student’s GPA. Grades of C or better translate to earned credits, whereas grades of CD or below translate to no credit. Since all credits below a C are lost when academic forgiveness is granted, students should carefully consider whether it is in their best interests to petition for academic forgiveness. Once academic forgiveness is granted, the decision is final.
  • On the student’s transcript, all grades earned prior to reentry will remain but be identified by the statement "academic forgiveness policy applied to the above."
  • A new cumulative GPA will begin from the semester of reentry to Viterbo.
  • Students who are granted academic forgiveness are eligible to graduate with academic honors; however, the original grades of the forgiven coursework will be used in the grade point average (GPA) calculation for academic honors.
In order to be granted academic forgiveness a student must:
  • Have been readmitted to Viterbo University and in been continuous attendance since reentry.
  • Have completed, since reentry, at least 16 but not more than 45 credits of graded coursework.
  • Have an overall GPA of at least 2.0 since reentry.
  • Apply to the Director of Student Success for academic forgiveness. The online form can be found on the Office of the Registrar webpage.
A student will be granted academic forgiveness no more than once. The criteria for entry into specific programs are independent of this policy.
    Student ID Number:            Major:       Advisor: 
  Last Name:      First Name:    Middle Name:   
  Reason for grade forgiveness request: 
By signing this form, I acknowledge that I have read and understand the Guidelines for Grade Forgiveness as indicated above. I have discussed this with my academic advisor and hereby formally request grade forgiveness of all previous course work at Viterbo prior to my reentry into Viterbo University.
  Student Signature:           Signature Date: