GPA Recovery Policy
All attempts at every Mines course will count in the overall grade-point average unless the student qualifies for GPA recovery. GPA recovery will only be possible if the most recent course grade was a “D” or an “F” (including plus and/or minus). As grades C- or better are satisfactory from a degree attainment perspective, such grades do not qualify for GPA replacement.
If the student takes the course for a second time or third time, the most recent grade will be the only grade used to calculate the grade-point average (even if the previous grade(s) was higher). There will be no option to repeat for GPA recovery beyond a third attempt (i.e., third and/or greater attempts all count toward the GPA). All records of grades earned, including those excluded from GPA calculations as well as attempts (i.e. “W’s”), will be recorded on the student’s transcript. All withdrawals are still subject to the maximum withdrawal policy.
Courses from other institutions transferred to Colorado School of Mines are not counted in any grade-point average and cannot be used under this repeat policy.
This policy has been immediately adopted with an effective start date of Fall 2020. No previously repeated course grades will be eligible under this policy. Courses prior to Fall 2020 may not be retaken for GPA recovery.
Accordingly, students who earn a “D” or “F” from Fall 2020 coursework, and any future term, may retake the class for GPA recovery.
Courses will be appropriately marked with an “E” or “I” to note exclusion or inclusion in the GPA calculation.
You can also find the full policy in the catalog.
GPA recovery policy breakdown and examples:
The Undergraduate GPA Recovery Policy allows an undergraduate student to retake a course with a grade of D or lower and the new grade will count in the GPA calculation. Key details are included in the following bullet points:
- The policy begins with Fall 2020 completed coursework (not coursework repeated in Fall 2020).
- The policy allows Fall 2020 completed courses to be repeated for GPA recovery in the Spring 2021 semester. Coursework completed prior to the Fall 2020 semester nor does coursework repeated earlier than the Spring 2021 semester.
- The original grade must be a D or lower. Grades of C- and above are considered passing and are ineligible for the policy. Note: A grade of D, whether plus or minus, may count as passing a class. Please look in the catalog and speak with your advisor if you have questions about retaking a class.
- All grades will remain on the transcript. The older grade will be marked with an E for Excluded and the new grade will be marked with an I for Included in the GPA calculation.
- The newest grade, even if lower than the previous grade, will be counted in the GPA calculation.
- A student may retake a class a third time, yet that grade will stand and any other attempts will also be included in the GPA calculation.
- No form is required. The policy takes effect once a student retakes a class.
- Some examples include the following:
- Scenario 1: Repeating a course once
- Fall 2020: D+ in COURSE1XX
- Spring 2021: B in COURSE1XX (D+ is excluded in GPA calculation; B is included in GPA calculation)
- Scenario 2: Repeating a course twice
- Fall 2020: D- in COURSE1XX
- Spring 2021: F in COURSE1XX (D- is excluded in GPA calculation; F is included in GPA calculation)
- Fall 2021: C- in COURSE1XX (D- and F are excluded in GPA calculation; C is included in GPA calculation)
- Scenario 3: Repeating a course three times
- Fall 2020: F in COURSE1XX
- Spring 2021: D- in COURSE1XX (F is excluded in GPA calculation; D- is included in GPA calculation)
- Fall 2021: D in COURSE1XX (F and D- are excluded in GPA calculation; D is included in GPA calculation)
- Spring 2022: C in COURSE1XX (F and D- are excluded in GPA calculation, D and C are included in GPA calculation)
- Repeating a course more than three times
- Grades for the third and all additional attempts will be included in the GPA calculation.
- Scenario 1: Repeating a course once
- Note: Some classes require a C- for a class prerequisite. If you earn a D in a class that requires a prerequisite grade of C-, you will need to retake the class to earn the C- or higher prerequisite class. Please speak with your CASA advisor, faculty mentor, and course instructor to determine your understanding of the grade required for the course you plan to retake and prerequisite course(s) in addition to the likelihood of being successful in the future course.
All students with a 2.0 GPA or above are considered in good academic standing and meeting graduation requirements. A GPA lower than 2.0 is considered academic probation and subject to academic suspension if the semester GPA during a probationary semester is not a 2.0 or higher.
A 2.0 cumulative grade point average and last semester grade point average are expected of all students, regardless of quality hours earned or attempted. A student on probation who fails to meet the last semester grade point requirement and the cumulative grade point average of 2.0 will be placed on suspension. A student who meets the last semester grade point minimum of 2.0 but fails to achieve the required cumulative grade point average of 2.0 will remain on academic probation. More information on probation and suspension restrictions can be found in the catalog.
All non-hardship withdrawals are calculated in the Multiple Withdrawal Policy, which states a student will be suspended if they withdraw from 30 or more credits.
When a student has accumulated 20 or more withdrawn credits, the student will receive support including possible admission to the Bounce Back program and individual academic coaching and assistance.
When a student has accumulated 30 or more withdrawn credits, the student will receive a first (or greater) suspension for failing to meet academic performance standards. The student must meet with the Readmissions Committee and secure a majority vote in favor of their return.
When a student has accumulated 45 or more withdrawn credits, the student will receive a second (or greater) suspension for failing to meet academic performance standards. To return, the student must meet with the Readmissions Committee and secure a majority vote in favor of their return.
When a student has accumulated 60 or more withdrawn credits, the student will receive a third suspension resulting in dismissal or terminal dismissal for failing to meet academic performance standards.
This policy began in the Fall 2018 semester and any students who were enrolled prior to Fall 2018 had their total withdrawn credits reduced to a maximum of 15 so as not to automatically suspend students when the policy was not in effect.