Office of Undergraduate Studies

Course Repetition

[NOTE: Beginning in Fall 2014, when students repeat a course in order to improve their mastery of the course material, they will earn credit for the course only once, but both the original grade and the grade for the repeated course will be included in the grade point average for the appropriate semester and both will be included in the cumulative grade point average, each weighted by the semester hours for the course. Also beginning in Fall 2014, students will be allowed to use the Pass/No Pass option for a course that is being repeated.]

Students have the opportunity to retake a course in which they have received an evaluative grade (A, B, C, D, or F) in order to improve their performance. When a course is repeated, the first grade will remain visible on the transcript, but will be removed from the calculation of the cumulative grade point average and the grade point average for the semester in which the course was first taken. Also, credits earned for that enrollment will be deleted. The new grade will then be used for calculation of the cumulative grade point average and the grade point average for the semester in which it was earned, regardless of whether the new grade is higher or lower than the first grade.

The student's transcript will show the comment "REPEATED: NO CREDIT AWARDED" directly below the original grade. Similarly, if a student repeats a course for which he or she has already received either test (AP, IB, etc.) or transfer credit, the original credit will be removed and the transcript will show the comment "REPEATED: NO CREDIT AWARDED;" credit will instead be awarded for the course taken at Case Western Reserve University and the grade will be included in grade point average calculations. However, if the first attempt of the course resulted in a passing grade, but the second attempt results in a failing grade, then the original grade will remain, both grades will be included in the grade point average calculation, and the student will continue to earn credit for the first attempt. Similarly, if a student withdraws from a course that is being repeated, the original grade will stand. Course repetition may be exercised according to the following conditions:

  1. A student may not use the Pass/No Pass Option on a course that is being repeated.
  2. An academic action that occurred under the earlier grade is neither reversed nor removed from the record as a result of a change in the semester or cumulative averages that results from the repetition of one or more courses.
  3. All grades earned at Case Western Reserve University, including those grades removed as a result of the application of the course repeat policy, will be applied to the Scholarship GPA that is reviewed in order to determine retention of certain Case Western Reserve University scholarships awarded to students who matriculated prior to August 2011.
  4. The course repeat option may not be exercised after a degree has been awarded.

CAUTION: Students who are the recipients of any form of federal financial aid (grants, loans, work study, etc.) and repeat a course that previously earned a passing grade must enroll for a minimum of 12 credits for which credit had not been earned previously.