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Graduate Course Repeat Policy

Policy Information

Issuing Office

Registrar's Office

Affected Parties

Graduate students

Policy Language

Students who want to repeat a course taken at Liberty and have the lower grade removed from the cumulative GPA must satisfy each of the following guidelines:

All Master’s-level programs will allow the repeat policy to be applied for a maximum of nine hours of repeated course work, with the exception of Master of Divinity programs, which will allow the repeat policy to be applied for a maximum of fifteen hours of repeated course work.

All post-Master’s and Doctoral programs will allow the repeat policy to be applied for a maximum of three hours of repeated course work.

All Graduate Certificates will allow the repeat policy to be applied for a maximum of three hours of repeated course work.

For Special (aka non-degree-seeking) students, the repeat policy may be applied for a maximum of three hours of repeated course work.

This policy is retroactive to include any course taken at Liberty University.

Both the original course and the repeat of the course must be taken at Liberty University in order to activate the policy.

Use of the repeat policy for a prior semester will not affect the academic standing for that semester.

Policy Rationale

To provide a means for students to demonstrate academic improvement.

Definition of Glossary Terms

None specified

Procedural Information

Procedures

    • The repeat policy may be applied for the following grades:  A, B, C, D, F, or FN (including +/- grades).
    • The repeat policy may not be applied for the following grades: AU, I, NF, NP, P, PR, Q, or W.
    • The higher grade, whether it is the original grade or the repeat grade, will apply toward the cumulative GPA.
    • When a course is repeated, the lower grade will be followed on the student’s transcript by the letter “A,” which will indicate that the lower grade has been excluded from the earned hours, but is still included in the GPA hours, quality points, and the computation of the cumulative GPA. The lower grade will also remain on the student’s transcript as attempted hours. 
    • The higher grade will be followed by the letter “I,” which will indicate that the higher grade will be included in the earned hours, GPA hours, quality points, and the computation of the cumulative GPA.
    • Once the repeat policy has been applied, the letter “A” following the lower grade is replaced by the letter “E,” which indicates that the lower grade is excluded from the earned hours, GPA hours, quality points, and the computation of the cumulative GPA. However, the lower grade will remain on the student’s transcript as attempted hours.
    • The repeat policy request must be submitted prior to degree conferral for the policy to be activated.
    • If a student has earned a degree, and goes on to pursue a second degree, any use of the repeat policy in the pursuit of the first degree will not count toward the total number of uses of the repeat policy allowed under the second degree.
    • If a student is pursuing a degree, and changes to another degree without completing the first degree, any use of the repeat policy in pursuit of the first degree will count toward the total number of uses of the repeat policy allowed under the second degree, even if the first degree, or course work completed in the pursuit of the first degree, are in a different discipline than the second degree.
    • Any approved exception to this policy pertaining to a specific degree program will be stated in this Catalog in the Graduation Requirements information for that degree program.

Sanctions

None specified

Exceptions

None