Repeat Policy

A student may repeat a given course only once for the purposes of affecting his or her grade point average. 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a course has been repeated, the first grade appears on the UB transcript with a symbol and note indicating that it has been replaced by the later grade in the computation of the UB GPA.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 toward 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.

S/U grading is not an option for courses that are repeated.

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 courses taken at UB at other institutions. 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 be articulated with UB courses. (Consult with a UB academic advisor and the course articulation listed at TAURUS for proper course selection.)

The Effect of the Repeat Policy on Prior Academic Standing

The repeat policy does not entitle any student to a retroactive degree, Latin honors, Dean’s List placement, or other awards 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 who have been dismissed academically in a past semester will not be changed as a result of the repeat policy.

The Effect of the Repeat Policy 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.

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.

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.

Students who choose to resign from all courses after the second week of classes will be responsible for a financial penalty and receive a grade of “R” for each course resigned until the end of the resignation period. 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.

Last updated: Monday, 08-Mar-2010 10:12:16 EST