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Academic Forgiveness Policy

Academic Forgiveness forms are to be submitted to the Registration Office, Room A-129. Once a decision has been rendered students will be notified via mail.

Academic Forgiveness is designed to allow students who have gotten off to a bad start a chance to get poor grades removed from their GPA. The Academic Forgiveness Policy at Bergen Community College contains two options:

  • A student may request Academic Forgiveness once under Option I and once under Option II.
Option I: Academic Forgiveness based upon past academic performance

After three consecutive years of non-attendance, a student may request Academic Forgiveness based upon past academic performance. The request will be reviewed after the student has completed at least one semester. The student must complete 9 credits and earn a GPA of 2.5 for the request to be approved.

When the student’s request is approved, grades of “F,” “E,” “R,” and optionally “D” for the courses from the prior attendance period will be removed from the student’s GPA. However, the courses will remain on the student’s official transcript designated with a special code for Academic Forgiveness.

Option II - Academic Forgiveness based upon change of curriculum

A student may request Academic Forgiveness based upon a change of curriculum at any time after matriculation and after credits have been attempted.

If a student’s request is approved, grades of “F,” “E,” “R,” and optionally “D” in courses that were required by the student’s former program but are not required by the new program will be removed from the student’s GPA. However, the courses will remain on the student’s official transcript designated with a special code for Academic Forgiveness.

Academic Forgiveness Form