Second Attempt At A Course: A course in which a grade of C- or below (C-, D+, D, D- , F, or NC) was originally earned may be repeated once for grade and earned credit replacement. The grade and units earned for the repeated course (even if it is an F) will replace those earned in the initial attempt when calculating grade point average and units toward degree. Students may not repeat for credit or grade replacement any course in which they earned a grade of C or higher, or S (see "Repeat for No Credit" explanation below).
The following conditions apply to repeats for grade and earned unit replacement:
- Unless the repeat courses are offered as S/NC only, all repeats must be taken for conventional grades, not satisfactory/no credit. If a student is repeating a course in which a grade of NC was earned, the repeat must be on a conventional grade basis.
- Courses taken initially at UW-Whitewater may be repeated only at UW-Whitewater; they may not be taken at another institution to replace the UW-Whitewater grade and credit.
- Students may repeat a C- grade or below that was earned at a transfer institution if the course has a direct UWWhitewater equivalent and the course was attempted only once prior to transfer to UW-Whitewater. Students who repeat a transfer course will receive UW-Whitewater course credits regardless of the number of credits the course carried at the transfer institution; for example, a student repeating a 4-unit transfer course with a 3-unit UW-Whitewater course will receive only the 3 UW-Whitewater inits. All other repeat regulations apply.
- A student may not repeat a course if the student has received credit for a higher level course in the same department for which the course to be repeated is a prerequisite or corequisite; for example, a student who has received credit for English 102 may not repeat English 101.
- In courses in which there has been a change in the number of units awarded, a repeat for grade replacement will replace the units and grade from the first attempt with the credits and grade from the repeat. For example, in a course that had been changed from 5 credits to 4 credits, a 5-unit D would be replaced by a 4-unit B.
- If a student officially drops or withdraws from a repeat course, the original enrollment attempt’s grade and earned units will be reinstated or remain in the student’s term and cumulative calculations.
All attempts of repeated courses, including the grades, remain on academic records and transcripts even though they may not be included in the GPA calculation or earned units.
After earning a degree at UW-Whitewater, beginning a second degree restarts the attempted/earned credits and cumulative GPA. Courses taken as part of the first degree and taken again as part of the second degree will not be considered repeats.
Third Attempt At A Course: Students who wish to register for a third (or more) attempt of a course must submit an appeal and gain approval before enrolling in that course. All attempts of a course, including the grades, appear on the student’s official academic record and transcript. The following examples may help to explain how third attempt grade and credits are factored into the official academic record and transcript GPA and earned unit totals:
Example 1: A student enrolls in a third attempt of a course in which a grade of D was earned in the first attempt. The student receives a grade of C- in the second attempt and a B in the third attempt. Only the C- and the credits earned in the second attempt will be included in the GPA and earned credit. After a student earns a passing grade (i.e., a grade of D- or higher) in a repeat attempt, all subsequent attempts will not count for grade replacement or earned credit. Such noncredit attempts will be identified on the academic transcript as “No Credit”.
Example 2: A student enrolls in a third attempt of a course in which a grade of D was earned in the first attempt. The student receives a grade of F in the second attempt and a C in the third attempt. The second attempt’s F grade and the third attempt’s C grade will both be calculated into the GPA and the student will receive earned credit only for the third attempt (the first attempt’s grade and credits are replaced). Unsuccessful repeat attempts (i.e., those with grades of F) are included in the GPA as long as they are prior to the student’s first successful (i.e., grade of D- or higher) repeat of the course.
Example 3: A student enrolls in a third attempt of a course in which a grade of D was earned in the first attempt. The student receives a grade of F in the second attempt and an F in the third attempt. The second attempt’s F grade and the third attempt’s
Repeat for No Credit: Under certain circumstances, students may need to repeat courses in which a C grade or above was earned. For example, a student may need to repeat a course if a grade of B is required for the student to proceed to a higher level course or to remain in a major. In such cases, repeat grades will be considered only as qualifying students to continue, and the repeats will not be counted for grade replacement or earned credit. All enrollment attempts will be recorded on academic records and transcripts, with the non-credit attempts identified as No Credit.
Revised by the Faculty Senate on 2009-01-23
Approved by the Chancellor on 2009-01-20
Repeat Enrollment in 3rd or More Attempt of a Course