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Academic Forgiveness

 

Academic Forgiveness Policy

The College’s Academic Forgiveness Policy is designed to help students recover from past academic problems. There are two options for academic forgiveness. The first option applies to students who have not attended Bergen for at least six consecutive fall and spring semesters, and the second is for current students who change their curriculum. You may apply only once for each forgiveness option.

Academic Forgiveness by Nonattendance

To be eligible for Academic Forgiveness: Option 1 (Nonattendance), you must meet the following conditions:

  • Have not attended BCC for at least six consecutive fall and spring semesters
  • For example: If the last semester you attended was Fall 2014, then you are eligible for forgiveness if you return Spring 2018 or a later semester
  • You must have completed at least nine credits upon your return, with a GPA of 2.50 or above for these new courses, to be eligible for forgiveness
  • FormAcademic Forgiveness Form (Option 1 – Nonattendance)PDF

Once you have met these conditions, you may apply for academic forgiveness. If your application is approved, grades of E, F, and R will be removed from your BCC GPA. You may also request that D grades be removed, but you will lose the credits for these courses. All courses which have been forgiven remain on your transcript and will be designated by the suffix “@”.

 

Academic Forgiveness by Change of Curriculum

To be eligible for Academic Forgiveness: Option 2 (Change of Curriculum), you must meet the following conditions:

  • Have changed their program of study and wish to have grades from their former program of study forgiven.
  • Courses requested for forgiveness must have been taken and required within your previous degree and no longer fulfills requirements for your new degree.
  • Form: Academic Forgiveness Form (Option 2 – Change of Curriculum)PDF

If your application is approved, grades of E, F, and R will be removed from your BCC GPA. You may also request that D grades be removed, but you will lose the credits for these courses. All courses which have been forgiven remain on your transcript and will be designated by the suffix “@”.

Further, you should note that the Academic Forgiveness policy does not supersede financial aid policies for Satisfactory Academic Progress or other GPA requirements set by federal/state laws or regulations for transfer institutions. Such policies and laws may use a different GPA calculation which is unaffected by this policy. You should discuss directly with a Financial Aid Specialist any concerns you may have about how your GPA affects your financial aid.