Grade Forgiveness

A master's student may receive grade forgiveness (grade replacement) for only two course repeats during his/her graduate career at UT Tyler. Grade forgiveness means that only the last grade and associated semester credit hours earned are used to compute the grade point average. However, all grades and associated semester credit hours will appear on the student’s official transcript.

Grade replacement/forgiveness may be requested for courses in which a grade of a C, D or F was earned. To request grade forgiveness/replacement a student must file a Grade Replacement Contract with the Enrollment Services Center by the Census Date (see the Academic Calendar for date). Failure to file a Grade Replacement Contract will result in both the original and repeated grade and associated semester credit hours being used to calculate overall grade point average.

If a student repeats a course for grade forgiveness within two academic years of the original attempt, their academic standing for the term in which the original grade was awarded and each subsequent term will be reassessed to account for the exclusion of the original grade from the grade point average. This reassessment will not be conducted for repeats more than two years after the original grade was awarded.

If a student files a Grade Replacement Contract for a course but withdraws and receives an automatic “W,” the attempt counts against the grade forgiveness limit and the original grade remains. Students may, on or prior to the Census Date, request in writing to withdraw a Grade Replacement Contract by contacting the Enrollment Services Center.

A student may not exercise grade forgiveness for courses taken at UT Tyler and repeated at another college or university, nor may grade forgiveness be used when a course taken elsewhere is repeated at UT Tyler. The grade forgiveness option may not be exercised to remove a grade awarded in a case of academic dishonesty.

Once the degree has been awarded by UT Tyler, grade forgiveness may not be used to replace a grade taken before graduation.


The grade forgiveness limit is not retroactive regarding grades already forgiven. The policy affects all students enrolled in Fall 2006 and thereafter, no matter when the course being repeated was originally taken. Academic standing reassessment for courses repeated within two academic years is effective beginning with the Fall 2015 term, with academic standing reassessments effective only for terms Fall 2013 and more recent.