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Academic Fresh Start

I.     The Purpose of Academic Fresh Start

The purpose of the “Academic Fresh Start” policy is to provide a student who performed poorly upon his or her initial enrollment at University of Cincinnati the opportunity for a fresh UC cumulative grade point average.

II.   Academic Fresh Start Policy

A University of Cincinnati undergraduate student who has been readmitted to the University after an absence of at least three (3) years may petition the Dean of the student’s College to have his or her former courses treated in accordance with the College’s advanced standing policy.  The student’s University of Cincinnati transcript must be free of enrollment in any division of UC for three (3) consecutive years since the end of the final previous term of enrollment.

An application for the “Academic Fresh Start” must be submitted within one (1) year of readmission and applies only to courses taken at University of Cincinnati prior to that readmission.  “Academic Fresh Start” will not be reviewed or approved prior to the student’s completion of one (1) academic semester.  The “Academic Fresh Start” is not automatic and is not guaranteed.  Academic units may impose additional criteria, such as requiring a plan of study.

Upon the approval of the “Academic Fresh Start”, the student’s University and College grade point averages will be initiated from the date of reentry.  The “Academic Fresh Start” option may be effected only once during a student’s academic career.

Note: approval of “Academic Fresh Start” will be recorded on the transcript.  Students should be aware that the previous academic record will appear on the transcript and that graduate and professional schools, as well as potential employers, may average all academic records together.

III.  Definitions

“initial enrollment”  = no more than (3) semesters/four (4) quarters enrolled;

“Performed poorly” = the student’s cumulative University GPA was less than 2.00;

“Absence of at least three years” = the break in enrollment consists of at least twelve (12) consecutive terms;

“Within one year of readmission” = no more than 12 months have passed since readmission following the break.

IV.   Procedures for Submitting an Academic Fresh Start Application

Download and complete the “Academic Fresh Start Application."  Submit the application to your degree-granting unit.  The application will be considered in accordance with procedures and any additional guidelines of that unit. 

Degree granting units may not grant “Academic Fresh Start” to any student who fails to satisfy the qualifying criteria.  Academic units may establish appropriate procedures such as administrative implementation of the “Academic Fresh Start” criteria or review of all applications by a faculty committee.

If a request for “Academic Fresh Start” is denied by the student’s College, the student may file an appeal with the Academic Fresh Start Appeals Committee through the Office of the Registrar (University Pavilion 5th floor).  If a request for Academic Fresh Start is supported by the College but the student fails to meet one or more of the minimum criteria, the College may refer the application to the Academic Fresh Start Appeals Committee.

V.   Instructions for Colleges

1)     Determine whether minimum criteria have been met;

2)     Use internal College processes for evaluating “Academic Fresh Start” applications;

3)     If the college approves the student’s application and has concluded that the student meets the minimum criteria, indicate approval on this application.  Forward this application to the Office of the Registrar (University Pavilion 5th floor; ML 0060).  Provide a copy to the student;

4)     If the College supports the application but concludes that the student does not meet the minimum criteria, indicate referral on this application and forward all copies to the Office of the Registrar.

5)     If college disapproves application, indicate denial on application and distribute copy to student.