Under the grade forgiveness policy, degree-seeking undergraduate students may retake a course in which they earned a grade below C- to improve their cumulative GPAs. Non-degree seeking students, including certificate-only students are not eligible for grade forgiveness.
Only courses offered by and taken through CU Denver are eligible for grade forgiveness. Courses must meet three requirements to qualify for forgiveness.
Courses that are Ineligible for grade forgiveness include special topics, repeatable courses, academic dishonesty courses, mismatched credit hours, and equivalent cross-listed courses. Courses repeated for grade forgiveness must be taken for a letter grade, not audit, pass/fail, or no credit. Grade forgiveness is limited to one attempt per course, up to a maximum of 18 credit hours.
The grade forgiveness course must be a CU Denver class for which you have already earned a grade. Students may retake a course for grade forgiveness only one time. Both grades for courses will still appear on your transcript but only the higher grade will be calculated into your cumulative GPA.
The deadline to submit your grade forgiveness application form is the day before the Late Add period begins
You may repeat CU Denver courses at any point without invoking grade forgiveness. The grade and credits you earn in each attempt of a repeated course are included in your credit and GPA totals and calculations on your official academic record.
Students can appeal a grade forgiveness petition that has been denied.
Valid reasons for appeal include, but are not limited to:
1. Student was misadvised by a CU Denver employee on the proper procedures for petitioning for grade forgiveness.
2. Student has a documented reason for missing the deadline to petition for grade forgiveness.
3. Student was not aware of the grade forgiveness policy when registering for a repeat course
Invalid reasons for appeal include, but are not limited to:
1. Retroactive withdrawals
2. Student petitions to revoke a repeated course that was completed under grade forgiveness