Aug 08, 2022  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Academic Catalog

Undergraduate Academic Fresh Start


Academic fresh start is a mechanism through which academic forgiveness for prior poor academic performance can be sought and is available to both transfer and readmission students.  Candidates must apply for academic fresh start prior to the conclusion of their first semester returning.  Applications for fresh start can be found in the office of admissions.

Eligibility:

  1. A minimum period of at least 36 months has elapsed since the candidate last attended an institution of higher education.
  2. This is the first time the candidate has been granted academic forgiveness at Tusculum University or any other institution of higher education.
  3. Candidates who were dismissed for academic misconduct from their previous institution are not eligible for academic fresh start.
  4. Degrees that lead to professional licensure may be excluded from this policy.  Applicants should confer with program Deans.

 

Process:

  1. The student’s permanent academic record will remain a record of all course work and will include “granted academic fresh start” and the effective date.  However, courses taken and previously failed will be excluded from the calculation of the GPA.  Course with a D grade will also be excluded from the GPA calculation and total credits earned when a C or better is required in the student’s current major.  The GPA and total credits earned will reflect all other courses for which passing grades are earned.
  2. The program applied to at time of application will be utilized in determining the candidate’s academic fresh start plan.  Courses excluded from the GPA calculation will not be reviewed or reconsidered should the student change majors after the academic fresh start has been applied.
  3. Grades for courses transferred from other institutions will be included in the candidate’s GPA and are subject to TU’s policy on transfer courses.  FRESH START cannot be used to remove credits from conferred degrees.  
  4. The application of retained credit toward degree requirements will be determined by the requirements in effect when the academic fresh start is conferred.  Program specific requirements including transfer requirements must be met and supersede this policy.  
  5. Students in academic fresh start will be subject to TU’s academic retention standards.  Academic Fresh Start does not alter financial aid requirements and regulations.  Federal guidelines that govern satisfactory progress to a degree as it relates to financial aid will be enforced for all graduate credit earned.  It is the student’s responsibility to understand the regulations regarding financial aid and to seek appropriate input from the Office of Financial Aid.
  6. Once these changes are processed, the outcomes are final and immutable.

Federal Aid regulations require that all hours attempted be assessed in each of the three areas outlined below:

  1. Quantitative Progress or Pace - Pace calculations include all accepted areas transfer hours and any hours that were forgiven via academic amnesty (Academic Fresh Start).
  2. Qualitative Progress or G.P.A. - All grades received in coursework forgiven via academic amnesty (Academic Fresh Start) will be used in the G.P.A. calculation.
  3. Maximum Time Frame for Degree Completion Requirements - The maximum time frame calculation will include all hours attempted. This will also include any hours forgiven via academic amnesty (Academic Fresh Start) being granted.