Academic Pardon

The purpose of the academic pardon policy is to grant students a one-time pardon for past failures and to allow them to resume their college careers with a realistic possibility of completing a degree.

Academic pardon may be attractive for a student who has left WSU with a very low GPA, gained life experience, and returned after an extended absence to resume degree work.

If the student has not yet applied for graduation, they may request that grades earned during a specified period of the previous undergraduate career be held aside during calculation of an adjusted GPA.

Submit an Academic Pardon Request Form. (PDF)

Criteria for Meeting an Academic Pardon

  1. Student was not enrolled in any WSU courses for a period of at least 36 months between the period indicated above and their re-admission to WSU
  2. Student earned a WSU cumulative GPA of less than 2.0 for the period indicated
  3. Student has earned at least 24 semester credits and at least a 2.00 GPA at WSU since being re-admitted
  4. Student has not previously requested an Academic Pardon


After an Academic Pardon is Approved

If approved, an academic pardon has the following consequences:

  1. The cumulative GPA will be recalculated. The new GPA will be based on courses completed after the student was re-admitted. Grades and credits attempted during the period for which academic pardon has been approved will not be used in calculating the cumulative GPA that is printed on transcripts and in determining whether graduation requirements have been met.
  2. Courses in which the student received a grade of “C” or better prior to being re-admitted will be used for academic credit but not used in calculating the GPA.
  3. The following statement will appear on transcripts of the student’s academic record: “This student was granted Academic Pardon under the WSU Academic Pardon Policy. All WSU courses with a grade of “C” or better taken prior to re-admission and granting of academic pardon were given academic credit, but were not used in the calculation of the WSU GPA.”
  4. Grades the student received during the period of academic pardon will remain unchanged as a permanent part of the student’s academic record and will be printed on all transcripts of that record.
  5. The student must meet all major/program requirements in effect at the time they were re-admitted.
  6. The student is not eligible for academic honors at graduation (i.e. Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, Summa Cum Laude).