SUBJECT: REVISION OF COURSE REPEAT POLICY
The current Washburn University policy on repetition of courses is found on page 39 of the current catalog. It states (in pertinent part): "Undergraduate courses in which the student receives a D or an F may be repeated. The transcript will contain a complete record of all courses taken and grades earned. Only the repeated grade will be included in determining the cumulative grade point average for the first five different courses repeated. These first five different courses may be continuously repeated until a grade of C or better is attained. Starting with the sixth different course repeated, the original and repeated grade will be used to determine grade point average."
The current policy changes the impact of a repeated course after the fifth different course is repeated. The policy is needlessly complex, and prohibits students who may have failed some courses in the past (often the distant past) from ever being able to "right the ship." Current policy cannot be implemented in the Banner information system without custom programming and/or manual processing.
The following is proposed as a revision to this policy: "Undergraduate courses in which the student receives a D or an F may be repeated. The transcript will contain a complete record of all courses taken and grades earned. The repeated and not the original grade will be included in determining the cumulative grade point average. However, after a student has repeated the same course three times, or has repeated three different courses, that student must have the permission of his/her academic dean before repeating any course."
The University Council approved the proposal on February 10, 2004.
The General Faculty approved the proposal on May 13, 2004.
President Farley recommends Board of Regents approval of the revision of the Course Repeat Policy.
(date) Jerry B. Farley, President