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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Academic Forgiveness

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Academic forgiveness for undergraduate students is a one-time opportunity to remove prior grades in order to establish a new Grade Point Average (GPA) [PDF] Academic Forgiveness 2015 (165 KiB)

A student may petition for academic forgiveness when all of the following conditions are met:

  1. The student was not enrolled in any Minnesota State Mankato courses for a minimum of 3 consecutive academic years (Fall/Spring-Summer not required).
  2. Following the absence listed above, the student must demonstrate adequate academic ability by meeting the following conditions:
    • Complete a minimum of 24 semester credits in consecutive terms (summer term not required)
    • Earn a minimum GPA in each of those terms of a 2.00 and an overall GPA for all of those terms of at least 2.50

Initiating application for Academic Forgiveness

The “Application for Academic Forgiveness” can be found at [PDF] Academic Forgiveness 2015 (48 KiB) and is also available through the Office of the Registrar 132 Wigley Adm Center. Review and approval/denial of the application will process via the Office of the Registrar.

Transcript/Record Changes following approved application for Academic Forgiveness

  • All prior credit-bearing courses will count as earned credits.
  • All prior non-credit-bearing courses will not count as earned credits.
  • All grades from re-evaluated courses will be displayed on a Minnesota State Mankato transcript, even though they are not included in GPA calculations.
  • Academic forgiveness will be noted on the Minnesota State Mankato transcript at the time it occurs
  • Once academic forgiveness has been processed, all courses (both transfer and Minnesota State Mankato) completed before the minimum three-year absence from post-secondary education will no longer be computed in the student’s GPA.

Major/Minor Requirements

Courses required for a major/minor will be considered “passed” and will no longer have a GPA attached to the course. This prevents the courses in a major/minor to automatically “slot” in to DARS (Degree Audit Report System) when a regular grade (A, B, C, D) is required. Students are encouraged to contact the department of their major regarding whether academic forgiveness courses will be accepted in the major/minor. If the department will accept the course(s), a substitution form should be submitted to the Office of the Registrar stating the approval.

Request for Exception

Students may appeal a denial for academic forgiveness by submitting a written request to the Office of Academic Affairs along with the unapproved application for academic forgiveness. Appeals are reviews of process, not a new examination of contested issues.

Questions concerning academic Forgiveness should be directed to

Records and Grades

room:  WA 132; phone:  389-6269