Academic Forgiveness Options

Grade Exclusion Policy*

It is the policy of the Board of Trustees of Illinois Valley Community College that students will be provided an opportunity to achieve objectives without the demotivating effects of previously earned failing grades. To be eligible for consideration, a student must meet the following criteria:

  1. The student could not have attended any post-secondary educational institution for two consecutive semesters. (Summer sessions are not counted as semesters for this policy, but three consecutive academic quarters are considered the equivalent of two semesters.)
  2. Upon returning to IVCC after the two consecutive semester out of-school period, the student must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours with a grade point average of 2.0 or better.
  3. Upon satisfying criterion (B), the student must apply to the Admissions & Credentials Analyst for implementation of the grade exclusion policy. Only Failing ("F" or "WF") grades will be excluded from computation of the cumulative grade point average. If the student wishes to repeat some courses in which failing grades were received, the student may utilize the college repeat policy for those courses. Students planning to transfer to another institution are cautioned that the receiving college may use all grades earned in repeated or excluded courses for computation of grade point average for admission or other purposes.

Repeating a Class

Students may repeat any course, regardless of the grade previously received (including "withdrawal"). However, credit will only be granted once except as noted in the "Course Descriptions" section of the catalog. Only the highest grade earned for any repeated course will be calculated into the grade point average. Students should be aware that, for transfer purposes, other schools may not calculate grade point average in this manner.