Academic Forgiveness

Scope of Policy & Rationale

Former undergraduate, baccalaureate degree-seeking students who have not taken any coursework at Temple University for a minimum of four consecutive years are eligible for Academic Forgiveness (policy # 02.10.17). [Students electing Academic Forgiveness must choose the option before the end of the drop/add period of their first semester following their absence.]


  1. Re-enrolled - Students are re-enrolled when they are approved to return to the university after leaving of their own accord.
  2. Reinstated - Students are reinstated when they are approved to return to the university following dismissal.
  3. Academic Forgiveness - Academic Forgiveness is a status that enables students to return to the university with a renewed cumulative grade point average (GPA).
  4. Four Consecutive Years - A total of eight consecutive fall and spring semesters.

Policy Statement

Undergraduate, baccalaureate degree-seeking students who re-enroll or are reinstated following a four-year consecutive absence from the university may petition to have their cumulative GPA recalculated from the time of re-enrollment/reinstatement to the university.

Upon successful petition:

  • Cumulative GPA will be reset to 0.00.
  • All prior courses and grades will remain on the student's academic record and transcript.
  • The notation of "Academic Forgiveness" will be recorded on the student's transcript.
  • Courses previously earned at Temple University with grades of D+, D, D-, F and NC will not be used for credit. Credit will be considered for courses with grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C- and CR. The student's department has final approval of credits that will count towards graduation. Schools/Colleges may disallow credits towards graduation for some older courses.

Re-enrolled or reinstated students electing the forgiveness option may repeat a course one additional time if they previously exhausted their repeat options for that course under the policy on Repeating a Course (policy # 02.10.12).

Once enacted, the reset GPA cannot be reversed.

Students are afforded one opportunity for Academic Forgiveness.


  1. Dates of official enactment and amendments. Adopted by the president on February 8, 2011. Effective August 30, 2011 (Fall 2011).
  2. History. Supersedes previous policies concerning Withdrawal; Repeat; and Academic Warning, Probation and Dismissal with effective dates prior to May 16, 2011.
  3. Cross References

[Note: Academic Forgiveness students wishing to qualify for Latin honors at Graduation must complete a minimum of 60 earned credit hoursĀ at Temple following their reinstatement (i.e., excluding their earned credit hours allowed at the time of academic forgiveness)]