Repeat Policy

A student may repeat a course to replace a failing grade, a resignation, or to seek to improve the student’s record when the student’s first enrollment resulted in a passing grade.

A student may twice enroll him or herself into a course for which the student has a grade other than ‘W’ (administrative withdrawal). Any further repeat enrollment, i.e., a third or subsequent enrollment, in that course shall be with the approval and by action of the academic unit offering the course. The academic unit may require the student seeking a further repeat enrollment to consult an academic advisor.

These conditions apply:

  1. When a course is repeated, the grade and credits of the first enrollment no longer count towards general degree requirements and are excluded from the student's credits attempted, credits completed, and UB grade point average (GPA), even if the repetition grade is lower than the initial grade, but not if the grade for the repetition enrollment is ‘I’, blank, ‘N’, ‘R’ or ‘W’.
  2. When a course repetition results in a passing grade, i.e., a grade of ‘D’ or higher, the grade and credits of this repetition count towards general degree requirements and are included in the student’s credits attempted, credits completed, and GPA.
  3. Whenever a course repetition results in a grade of ‘F’, the course may be repeated again, subject to the permission of the department and advisement requirement specified in this policy. The credits and grade for each and every failed course repetition are included in the student's credits attempted and GPA. Failed repetitions negatively affect the student’s GPA; multiple failed repetitions may result in academic probation or dismissal.
  4. When a course is repeated more than once and the last repetition results in a passing grade, the grade and credits for this last repetition count towards general degree requirements and are included in the student’s credits attempted, credits completed, and GPA.
  5. Whenever a course repetition results in a passing grade, the course may not again be repeated for credit. A student may, however, repeat again a course in which a passing grade has been achieved solely to demonstrate proficiency for a major or minor. Any such further repetition shall be required and approved by the department or program involved, shall carry no credit, but shall be included with the grade achieved in the student’s record of study.
  6. When a course is repeated, S/U grading is not an option.
  7. Credits and grades of successfully repeated courses count towards major or minor requirements only at the discretion of the program (see below).
  8. Repeat enrollments in controlled enrollment (impacted) courses are subject to all conditions and requirements for such courses.

All courses taken and all grades earned are included in the student’s UB transcript. Repeated course appear on the UB transcript with a note indicating they have been repeated.

There is no limit to the number of different courses that a student may repeat. Courses in which a student earns a passing grade in a repeat registration may be applied towards general education requirements. Each academic department and program, however, has the authority to decide whether or not courses may be repeated to meet program requirements. Prior to registering to repeat a course that is a program prerequisite, requirement or component, a student must check with the student’s major or minor department or program to determine if the repetition will be accepted.

Although a successfully repeated course may fulfill general education or program requirements, the repetition may not be accepted by a post-baccalaureate program, and the grade and credits for the initial course enrollment may be included by a post-baccalaureate program in its assessment of the student for admission.

This course repetition 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 so designated is indicated in the course descriptions in 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.

A student may not repeat any course in which the student has an incomplete, a ‘J’. or a blank grade. After the ‘I’, ‘J’ or blank grade is changed to a grade of ‘A’ through ‘F’, ‘S’ or ‘U’, however, the course may be repeated.

Course Repetition Application to Transfer Courses

A student may repeat at UB a course previously taken elsewhere, but credit then will be awarded only for the repetition of the course; the previously awarded transfer credit will be cancelled. Such a course may again be repeated at UB only if the grade for the repetition is ‘F’; attempted and completed credits and grade and GPA will be subject to the conditions for multiple repetitions.

A student may repeat at another institution a course previously taken at UB. If the student passed the UB course and repeats it at another institution, no transfer credit will be awarded; the student’s UB credits and UB GPA will not be affected; the only benefit will be demonstration of subject proficiency. If the student failed or resigned the UB course and repeats it at another institution, transfer credit will be awarded. The student’s UB credits attempted and GPA, however, will not be affected.

A course taken initially at UB and then repeated at another institution cannot again be repeated at UB. (Note: For the Repeat Policy to take effect, transfer courses must first have been articulated with UB courses. The student should consult with a UB advisor and the course articulation listed in TAURUS for proper course selection.)

Course Repetition Effects on Prior Academic Standing

The course repetition 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 its 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 any revision of the course repetition policy.

Course Repetition Effects on Financial Aid

To maintain full-time status for financial aid purposes, a student repeating a course should carry it in addition to at least the minimum credit hours required for full time status in other courses for the semester in question.

Eligibility requirements for U.S. and New York State student financial aid programs differ from one another and may not fully match UB’s requirements for good academic standing and satisfactory academic progress. A student planning to repeat a course should consult a financial aid advisor to identify the consequences of that repetition for his or her financial aid eligibility status.

Priority Registration for Students Attempting a Course for the First Time (Course Enrollment Control Policy)

Academic units may designate a course as a controlled enrollment (or impacted) course. A controlled enrollment course is one whose enrollment is limited by available student positions for lectures or associated sections, laboratories, other specialized facilities, internships, etc.

The following courses have been designated as controlled enrollment courses for the 2011-2012 academic year:

  • BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology
  • BIO 201 Cell Biology
  • CHE 101 General Chemistry
  • CHE 102 General Chemistry
  • CHE 201 Organic Chemistry
  • CHE 202 Organic Chemistry
  • COM 101 Principles of Communication
  • ECO 181 Intro to Macroeconomics
  • ECO 182 Intro to Microeconomics
  • ENG 101 Writing 1
  • ENG 102 Writing 2
  • ENG 201 Advanced Writing 1
  • MTH 121 Survey of Calculus 1
  • MTH 131 Math Analysis for Management
  • MTH 141 College Calculus 1
  • MTH 142 College Calculus 2
  • MTH 241 College Calculus 3
  • PHY 101 College Physics
  • PSC 101 Intro to American Politics
  • PSY 101 Introductory Psychology
  • PSY 207 Psychological Statistics
  • UGC 111 World Civilization 1
  • UGC 112 World Civilization 2

For such courses, the academic unit offering the course may limit or prohibit repeat enrollment in the fall and/or spring semester. Repeat enrollment is defined as: Student previously enrolled in the course at UB or transferred in an equivalent course with a grade of ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ and qualified values thereof, e.g., ‘A-’, ‘D+’; ‘F’, ‘P’, ‘S’, ‘U’, ‘I’, ‘J’, ‘N’, or ‘R’. Limiting repeat enrollment gives priority to students who are registering for the course for the first time.

Once a course is designated as controlled enrollment, this information must be included in the course description (in the catalog and course schedule) and in the syllabus. An explicit statement that repeat enrollment may be difficult or cancelled must be included.

Students may be prohibited from re-enrolling in a controlled enrollment course, or students who have re-registered for a controlled enrollment course may be deregistered by the department. When the department deregisters the student, s/he will be notified via email at his/her official UB email address. Such deregistration may impact financial aid eligibility and academic progress, and students are responsible for adjusting their registration as needed. Students should see a Financial Aid or Academic Advisor if they have questions or concerns.

When resigning from a course, students should determine if the course is a controlled enrollment course. Students wishing to repeat controlled enrollment courses should plan to do so in the summer, as their registration opportunities in fall or spring semesters will be greatly restricted.

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