Fairmont State enforces Series 22 of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission as follows:
If a student earns a grade of “D” or “F” (including failures due to regular and/or irregular withdrawal) on a course taken prior to the receipt of a baccalaureate degree, and if that student repeats this course prior to the receipt of the baccalaureate degree, the original grade shall be disregarded and the grade or grades earned when the course is repeated shall be used in determining the grade point average. The original grade shall not be deleted from the student’s record.
In upper division courses, a student may formally repeat up to eight (8) credit hours of a grade of “C”. The privilege of the “D” and “F” repeat is capped at 21 credit hours including any request for a “C” repeat in an upper division course. The 21-hour cap is firm and shall not be exceeded. Repeat course forgiveness assigned on work earned prior to Fall 2018 (including repeats posted to pre-admission transfer work) is disregarded for this limit. In order to qualify for repeat-course forgiveness, written permission must be obtained from the appropriate dean/department chair of the academic unit where the student’s major is housed.
Once a grade is removed from the GPA calculation via repeat-course forgiveness, it may not be altered further. Students who repeat a previously passed class may have limitations on financial aid eligibility for that class.
Courses completed at Fairmont State with a grade of “D” or “F” may be repeated at any West Virginia public institution, provided the course at the other institution is deemed an equivalent course by Fairmont State and the above stipulations are met. Regularly enrolled students who complete work at another regionally accredited institution must secure written permission from the registrar before attempting such coursework. The transfer grade policy will apply to these grades.
Courses transferred from other regionally accredited institutions that are legally repeated at Fairmont State will be a part of the repeat process, provided the course at the other institution is deemed an equivalent course by FSU and the above stipulations are met.
For coursework earned prior to Fall 2018:
All students currently enrolled, beginning Fall 2018, shall start with a clean slate of 21 repeat credits. Each student shall be eligible for 21 credits of repeated courses regardless of any earlier recorded repeats appearing on the transcript. The student’s grade point average shall be based on the subsequent grade or grades, not the original grade of D or F. The original grade shall not be deleted from the student’s record, and will be removed only from the calculation of the GPA.
Once a grade has been removed from the GPA calculation via repeat-course forgiveness, it may not be altered further.