Academic Forgiveness Policy
The academic forgiveness policy does not alter, change, or amend any other existing policies at Blue Ridge
Community and Technical College and is formulated to be consistent with Series 22 of the West Virginia Council for
Community & Technical Education and supersedes all previous academic forgiveness policies at Blue Ridge
Community and Technical College.
Academic forgiveness is intended for the student who is returning to college with a grade point deficiency. A
student readmitted after July 1995 may be eligible for academic forgiveness unless the student has been placed on
final academic suspension A student who has incurred three academic suspensions from any institution of higher
education is on final academic suspension and does not qualify for academic forgiveness. However, a student on
final suspension may appeal this decision to the Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Admissions and
Credits Committee, according to procedures in the section on “Academic Suspension” in this Catalog. If the third
suspension is repealed, the student may apply for forgiveness by submitting a written request to the registrar, as
established in this policy.
This policy covers only those students who have not been enrolled as a full-time student (12 or more semester
credit hours) at any institution of higher learning during the four consecutive academic years immediately
preceding the readmission semester. This policy is limited to students who have not yet been awarded their first
academic degree. Academic forgiveness will be granted only once for any student. To be eligible for academic
forgiveness, a student who does not qualify for readmission because of a low GPA may be admitted to the College
and placed on academic probation. The academic forgiveness policy may be applied after a readmitted student
has earned twelve credit hours that apply toward graduation with a minimum GPA of 2.0. These twelve hours must
be earned at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College. A student desiring academic forgiveness must
complete an Academic Forgiveness Form and file it in the Registrar’s Office. This request must certify that the
applicant has not been enrolled as a full-time student (twelve or more credit hours) in any institution of higher
learning during the four consecutive academic years immediately preceding the readmission semester. If the
student has attended any institution of higher education on a part-time basis during the specified four-year period,
the student must have earned at least a 2.0 GPA in all course work attempted.
The Academic Forgiveness Request form requires the student to indicate whether he or she wishes to exclude from
the GPA calculation (1) all F and IF grades; or (2) all F, IF, and D grades earned prior to the four consecutive
academic years immediately preceding the beginning of the readmission semester. This includes those grades
appearing as transferred grades on the official transcript. If a student chooses to have all D grades excluded from
the GPA calculation, it is with the understanding that the courses for which the D grades were earned cannot be
used to satisfy any requirements for graduation. When and if all prerequisite conditions have been met, academic
forgiveness will be granted upon the successful completion of twelve credit hours of courses numbered 100 or
above with a minimum GPA of 2.0. The Registrar will then officially calculate the student’s current GPA. However,
no grade will be removed from the permanent record. The College is not bound by the decision of any other
institution to disregard grades earned in college courses. Similarly, students should be aware that other institutions
may not recognize academic forgiveness extended by Blue Ridge Community and Technical College.
Blue Ridge Community and Technical College provides opportunity to all prospective and current members of the
student body, faculty, and staff on the basis of individual qualifications and merit without regard to race, color, sex,
sexual preference, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, familial status,
veteran status, or disability.