Beginning Fall 2019, the faculty at Indiana University Bloomington have implemented a grades’ forgiveness policy, called Fresh Start, for undergraduate students returning to campus:
- After at least three years (36 months) away from school;
- Who have been re-admitted to IU-Bloomington as a degree-seeking student
- To complete their first bachelors’ degree.
Under this policy, all grades earned prior to the return (Fall 2019 or later) will be removed from the Student Program GPA.
Courses in which a grade of C or better was earned will continue to count towards degree requirements. See an advisor or school representative for an interpretation of how General Education courses are considered based on your individual record.
Points to Consider
- To receive a degree, you must complete a minimum of thirty (30) credits at IU-Bloomington after Fresh Start has been awarded.
- Once awarded, you may not revoke Fresh Start.
- Any student previously awarded academic forgiveness at any Indiana University campus is not eligible for the Bloomington policy.
- The application of Fresh Start prevents you from using other academic forgiveness policies, such as Extended X.
For these reasons, and to ensure that students have a complete understanding of the effects of the policy on their academic records, you must discuss your unique situation with an academic advisor or school representative before submitting a Fresh Start application.
Once a full consideration has been completed, you may make application for the Fresh Start policy. Please note that a personal statement (500 words or less) outlining your plan for success is required on the application. Specific details are available on the request form.