Academic Forgiveness Policy

Academic forgiveness means that grades earned during a prior enrollment period at the University of Wisconsin-Stout will not be used in the computation of a student's undergraduate cumulative grade point average. However, such grades will continue to appear on the student's official transcript. A returning student is eligible for academic forgiveness when all the following criteria are met:

  1. At least five continuous years have elapsed since the last term of enrollment at UW-Stout or any other institution of higher learning. (Exception: Courses that must be completed as a precondition for re-entry.)

  2. The student has not earned a baccalaureate degree.

  3. The cumulative grade point average earned at UW-Stout was below 2.0 at the time of re-entry.


The program director should help a student who meets the criteria determine whether repeating course work or seeking academic forgiveness is the better alternative. The student's request for academic forgiveness must be approved by the student's program director, the dean of the college, and the associate vice chancellor. The approved request will be forwarded to the registrar who will record academic forgiveness on the transcript. All courses with a credit worthy grade (i.e., those with grades of "O," "S," "CR," and "D-" or better), completed five or more years before re-entry, may be used to satisfy degree requirements when academic forgiveness is granted. These grades are not included in the student's cumulative grade point average. However, program requirements must be followed when a minimum course grade is specified. The student's new cumulative grade point average will be based only on the grade points earned after re-entry to UW-Stout. A student may be granted academic forgiveness only once.