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USF 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog - Pages 44 - 45

Academic Renewal

USF recognizes that not every student’s academic record is flawless and that many times students get off to such a poor start that their future academic opportunities are limited. USF can offer many of those students a second chance. The University’s Academic Renewal policy allows students, who provide evidence that they might now achieve academic success, to renew their pursuit of baccalaureate degrees without the burden of having to overcome all of the burden of low grades and low grade-point-averages that reflect academic work attempted in the past. To facilitate this opportunity, students who qualify for Academic Renewal may, with the approval of the Academic Regulations Committee, have portions of their academic record not counted in the determination of their grade point averages (GPAs) for graduation purposes. Their entire academic record, however, will continue to be reflected on their transcripts even though a selected portion will not be counted in their GPAs.

Academic Renewal I – Students with fewer than 60 credits: Students who were academically dismissed or on formal academic probationary status (institutional cumulative GPA of less than 2.00) but who otherwise were eligible to return to USF or other institutions of higher education prior to their successful completion of 60 transferable credits, may be admitted to the University with Academic Renewal after completing all requirements for the Associate in Arts degree or equivalent (including general education, Gordon Rule and CLAST requirements) at a two-or four-year college. Academic Renewal I students will enter USF as juniors and their USF grade point average will be calculated from that point forward. Such students will be required to earn 60 credits from USF, with a grade point average of at least 2.00 subsequent to the AA degree, in order to graduate from USF. They also may be excluded from admission to limited access programs. Further, students who exercise the Academic Renewal policy will not be considered for University Honors at graduation unless they meet the criteria using all grades earned.

Academic Renewal II – Students with 60 or more earned credits: Students who were academically dismissed (but who otherwise were eligible to return) from USF or other institutions of higher education after the successful completion of 60 transferable credits may be admitted to the University with Academic Renewal II if they are able to provide convincing evidence of changes that indicate they might be successful given a new opportunity. Normally, such students will have been engaged in successful non-academic activities such as work or the military for at least five years. Academic Renewal II students will be offered an opportunity to enter USF with all coursework and grades from up to three academic semesters (or equivalent) prior to their academic dismissal dropped from consideration in grade-point-average calculations at the University. How many (up to three) and which semesters are the decisions of the Academic Regulations Committee. Students utilizing the Academic Renewal II policy must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.00 in USF coursework attempted subsequent to Academic Renewal II, in order to graduate. Students who elect to exercise the Academic Renewal policy will not be allowed to use any credit earned during the academic terms from which courses are dropped from grade-point-average consideration toward meeting degree requirements at the University* and they may be excluded from admission to limited access programs. Further, students who exercise the Academic Renewal policy will not be considered for University Honors at graduation unless they meet the criteria using all grades earned.

*Students who engage the Academic Renewal II policy will lose the credit they earned during the terms (up to three) they choose to exclude from GPA calculations. They will not necessarily have to repeat a course completed with a grade of “C” or higher to meet specific course requirements.


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