Academic forgiveness is a policy designed for a student with a history of poor grades who either wants to change to a new degree/certificate program or, having been away from Rockland Community College for at least three years, wants to resume his/her original plan of study. Additional restrictions apply to a student who wishes to return to the Nursing Program.
An eligible student will have his/her cumulative GPA re-computed by excluding final grades earned in courses taken at Rockland Community College that are not explicitly required in the student’s intended degree or certificate program. A student may apply for this opportunity in Records and Registration at any time during his/her career. However, academic forgiveness will be awarded only once. The decision to grant academic forgiveness will be made by the Assistant Registrar.
Academic forgiveness means:
- Grades of D or F can be omitted from the recalculation of the cumulative GPA until the cumulative GPA is 2.0 or the smallest possible number above 2.0 at the time of re-entry or program change. Grades that are forgiven will not count towards graduation requirements.
- Courses and grades omitted from the recalculation will be identified on the transcript.
To be eligible for academic forgiveness, a student must meet all of the following criteria at the point of application:
- Be matriculated in a registered degree or certificate program at Rockland Community College.
- Have changed degree/certificate program or have been out of Rockland Community College for at least three academic years.
- Have a cumulative grade point average below 2.0.
- Complete 12 or more credits with a C or better in each subsequent course following the application.
- Demonstrate that a new degree/certificate program is being pursued if a change in degree/certificate program is being used as a basis for the forgiveness request. Return to the original program would result in the reinstatement of the forgiven courses into the cumulative GPA.
- Acknowledge in writing the restrictions of the policy.
- Not have received a degree from Rockland Community College.