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This is an archive of the 2019-2020 University Catalog.
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Repeating Courses (Grade Forgiveness) Undergraduate

The University recognizes that undergraduate students may need to repeat one or more courses in order to fulfill degree requirements and/or enhance previously acquired skills. However, students should seek academic advisement before deciding to repeat any course. Students should be aware that other institutions (e.g., medical schools, graduate programs, law schools) might not recognize this repeat policy and will use the forgiven grades in recalculating GPAs. The following rules apply:

  1. A maximum of 16 semester units of CSUN coursework in which a student earned less than a “C” grade may be repeated for the purpose of excluding grades (grade forgiveness) from the computation of the student’s overall GPA. Only the first 16 semester units are eligible for grade forgiveness.
  2. An additional 12 semester units of coursework may be repeated for grade averaging, i.e. both the original grade and the repeat(s) will be calculated into the student’s total GPA.
  3. Students cannot improve grades of courses taken at CSUN by repeating them at another institution. Students cannot improve grades of courses taken at another institution by repeating them at CSUN.
  4. The stated limits (16 units for grade forgiveness and 12 units for grade averaging) apply only to units completed at CSUN. The limits apply to all courses taken at CSUN, whether a student is matriculated or enrolled through self-support, such as Extended Learning.
  5. Registration in repeated courses may be limited to certain registration periods. Check the Registration Calendar for allowed dates.
  6. Undergraduate students may take an individual course no more than three times. Only one repeat per course is permitted for improving the grade, with the higher of the two grades counted in the student’s GPA. If a student enrolls in a course for a third time, the units attempted and any grade points earned will be averaged with all other grades earned for the course (except ones that were awarded grade forgiveness). On the third enrollment in a course, permission of the associate dean of the college of the student’s major or the Associate Vice President of Undergraduate Studies if the student is Exploratory (formerly undecided or undeclared) is necessary.
  7. Subsequent enrollment must be on the same basis of grading as the first.
  8. Grade forgiveness is not permitted for courses for which the original grade was the result of a finding of academic dishonesty.
  9. This policy does not pertain to repeats in such courses as music ensembles and independent study where the curriculum allows, permits or requires repeats.
  10. This policy applies only to baccalaureate units, i.e., those that count toward the degree.