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Academic Procedures

Repeating a Course

There are times when students wish to demonstrate on their official record that they understand the material better than their grades indicate. Many complex issues are often involved, and students need to be sure that they have considered all of their options before making their decision to repeat a course. For these reasons, students who want to repeat a course need to secure the dean’s approval by meeting with a professional advisor in the College Center for Advising Services. When a course is repeated at Rochester for a grade, both course registrations and both grades appear on the transcript, but only the second (not necessarily the better) grade is used to calculate the grade point average. Credit may be earned for a course only once.

The faculty of the College approved a modification of the repeat course policy that was implemented in the Spring of 2015. The new policy applies to courses taken for the first time in Fall 2014 or later.

The new faculty policy states that approval to repeat the course will not be granted if the course was taken for the first time in Fall 2014 or later and passed with a satisfactory grade (i.e., “C” or better). However, students who earn an unsatisfactory grade (i.e., C-, D+, D, D-, or E) in a course that they complete in Fall 2014 or later may repeat that course for a grade as long as Dean’s approval is secured.

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