Overall limit on academic bankruptcy: A student is limited to two semesters of academic bankruptcy in his or her career.
Undergraduate students who have not attended IUS for at least two years, are pursuing their first bachelor’s degree, and are returning to IU Southeast for the fall semester, 1996 or later may request academic bankruptcy. Bankruptcy means that all grades earned during the term(s) in question will not be counted in the calculation of the program GPA. The grades will remain on the student’s official transcript and will count in the IU GPA. Academic Bankruptcy may be requested for no more than two terms of IU Southeast coursework. Two consecutive summer sessions may be considered a single academic term for purposes of this policy. The petition must be submitted during the first semester back at IU Southeast.
This part of the Academic Bankruptcy policy may be invoked only once in a student’s academic career. Academic Bankruptcy Petition forms are available from your academic school or division.
The Fresh Start Policy (effective Fall 2020), purposely replacing and superseding the prior campus grade-forgiveness policy called “Academic Bankruptcy (Grade Forgiveness)”, provides undergraduate students returning to Indiana University Southeast a comparable GPA platform as transfer students, whereby prior work may count towards degree requirements, but is not included in calculation of the cumulative program GPA. Under the policy all grades, credits, and courses remain visible on the transcript but an adjustment is applied to the academic record to remove the GPA points/values from the cumulative Program GPA for all prior IU coursework.
Credit for any prior IU coursework completed with grades of C or better, including credit taken as a nondegree student, will continue to count towards degree and/or program requirements. Thus, students will begin their post-Fresh Start academic record with a Program GPA of 0.0.
Students may apply to invoke the Fresh Start policy if they meet both of the following criteria:
- They are pursuing their first baccalaureate degree
- They have not been enrolled at any IU campus for 24 or more consecutive months (2 years).
Students who left any Indiana University campus in less-than-good academic standing, e.g. academic probation or dismissal, are eligible for application of the Fresh Start policy if they are determined eligible for readmission to Indiana University Southeast.
All IU Southeast undergraduate students who meet the criteria, regardless of the academic unit of enrollment, are eligible to apply for Fresh Start.
NOTE: This policy does not supersede any program-specific policies or requirements
Students must make application for Fresh Start by the last day of classes in their first term of enrollment after the 24+-month hiatus. This date is published and available online in the Academic Calendar.
The policy includes the following eight conditions that establish its limitations:
- Notations for academic probation, academic suspension, academic dismissal, or bankruptcy from prior terms of enrollment will remain on the student transcript, but will not be used for determining a student’s academic standing following the application of the Fresh Start policy. Only grades earned after the application of the Fresh Start re-enrollment will be used in determining academic standing (probation, suspension, dismissal, Dean’s or Chancellor’s List, graduation eligibility).
- Grades awarded as result of being found responsible in an Academic Misconduct inquiry will not be removed from the program GPA calculation by application of Fresh Start.
- Once Fresh Start is invoked and applied to student record, Extended-X or any other grade replacement policies are restricted: they may only apply when both classes of the grade replacement pair were completed after the application of Fresh Start. In no cases may a student who has been granted Fresh Start seek to replace a grade completed before the application of Fresh Start.
- Students may apply for and invoke Fresh Start only once. Once applied, it may not be revoked by the student.
- The policy will apply to all terms of IU enrollment, regardless of the campus on which the courses were completed, for purposes of determining IU Southeast degree progress and completion.
- To earn an IU Southeast degree, students must earn a minimum of thirty (30) degree-applicable credit hours on the IU Southeast campus after the application of Fresh Start.
- Students receiving a similar academic forgiveness benefit on another Indiana University campus are not eligible for IU Southeast Fresh Start.
- Students receiving IU Southeast Fresh Start who subsequently become degree-seeking students on another IU campus are subject to the policies in effect for the IU campus from which they receive their degree.