Undergraduate Catalog 2005- 2006

Repeat Policy

A student may repeat a given course only once for the purposes of affecting his or her grade point average. There is no limit to the number of different courses that a student may repeat. When a course is repeated, the credits earned count only once for purposes of satisfying degree requirements and for purposes of calculating the student's GPA. When a course is repeated, the grade that is counted in calculating the GPA is the grade earned the second time, even if that grade is lower than the grade earned the first time. All courses taken and all grades earned will appear on the student's UB transcript. When a course has been repeated, the first grade appears on the UB transcript with a symbol or note indicating that it has been replaced by the later grade in the computation of the UB GPA.

Courses in which a student earns a passing grade during a registration beyond the second time may be applied towards General Education requirements. However, each academic department has the authority to decide whether or not courses may be repeated to meet program requirements. Prior to registering for a course for the second time or more, students must check with their major or minor department to determine if this is permissible. When a course is repeated more than once, the grade that is counted in calculating the GPA is the grade earned the second time, even if that grade is lower than the grade earned for any other registration for the course.

The repeat policy does not apply, except by appeal, to courses that may have different content from semester to semester (e.g., Special Topics courses) and that are designed to be taken more than once for additional credits each time. The repeatable status of courses that are so designated is indicated in the course descriptions in the online version of this catalog. A later grade in such a course may replace an earlier grade only if the content of the two courses is essentially the same.

Students may not repeat courses in which they have a grade of incomplete. However, after the "I" is changed to a grade the course may be repeated. When repeating a course, S/U grading is not an option.

Repeat Policy as It Applies to Transfer Work

Students may repeat at UB courses previously taken elsewhere. Credit is only awarded for the second taking of the course; therefore, the previously awarded transfer credit will be voided.

Students may repeat at other institutions courses previously taken at UB. If the student passed the UB course and repeats this course at another institution, no transfer credit will be awarded. The student's UB credit and UB GPA will not be affected. The benefits are only to demonstrate subject proficiency. If the student failed the UB course and repeats this course at another institution, transfer credit will be awarded. The student's UB GPA, however, will not be affected.

Please note: For the Repeat Policy to take effect, transfer courses must first have been articulated with UB courses. (Consult with a UB advisor and the course articulation listed at TAURUS for proper course selection.)

Repeat Policy's Effects on Prior Academic Standing

The repeat policy does not entitle any student to a retroactive degree, Latin honors, Dean's List, or other award or recognition that would have been forthcoming had the student's GPA been computed under the new algorithm on a previous occasion. The historical record of students on probation or scholastically dismissed in a past semester will not be changed as a result of the 1999 repeat policy.

Repeat Policy's Effects on Financial Aid

In order to maintain full-time status for financial aid purposes, students repeating a course should carry it in addition to 12 credit hours (full-time enrollment) for the semester in question.