Grade Forgiveness

Effective autumn semester 2015, Ohio State will replace its Freshman Forgiveness Rule (FFR) with a more general Grade Forgiveness Rule (GFR). The new rule permits students to petition to repeat up to three courses: the grade in the repeated course will replace the grade for the original course in the calculation of the student's cumulative GPA. (Note: Only a first repeat can be used this way.) As under Freshman Forgiveness, a notation of the original grade will remain on the student's transcript. Use of the new rule is not limited to

  • courses in which the student has earned a grade of "E" or "D,"
  • a course first taken while a freshman, and
  • a course retaken during the freshman or sophomore years.

To read some FAQ's about the new Grade Forgiveness Rule.

To use Grade Forgiveness students should enroll in the course they mean to repeat and submit the Grade Forgiveness Petition Form by the 4th Friday of the course.

It should also be noted there is another repeatability rule at Ohio State. There are no specified limits to how many times the rule may be applied or when you can use the rule. Both grades appear on your record, so, essentially, are averaged into your GPA. Duplicate credit for courses repeated under this rule will not be counted toward the hours required for your degree.