Academic Amnesty

Academic Amnesty

Academic Amnesty allows students to improve their academic standing at the College by eliminating previous unsatisfactory academic credit from their cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA).  Academic Amnesty can be granted one (1) time only.

All courses below Credit or C level during the student’s previous attendance will be included when Academic Amnesty is declared.

All previous coursework and grades will continue to appear on the student’s transcripts; however, they will not be included in the cumulative G.P.A. calculation.

“Academic Amnesty Granted” will appear on transcripts to indicate the separation of past coursework from the current.

Students who attended Brookdale Community College in the past and meet the following criteria are eligible:

Three years have elapsed since the end of the last term attended and the return to credit enrollment at the College.

The student’s academic standing at the time of the stop-out was unsatisfactory (i.e., Warning, Probation, Suspension or Dismissal), or the cumulative G.P.A. was below 2.0.

The student needs additional courses to complete program requirements.

The student must have successfully completed at least twelve (12) credits (i.e., no D,F, or W) before applying for Academic Amnesty.  The G.P.A. for all coursework taken during this time must be at least a 2.0; the Executive Vice President of Educational Services, may, in extraordinary circumstances, grant an exception to these criteria.

Students must meet with a counselor before applying for Academic Amnesty to ensure eligibility.

The Amnesty Application will be forwarded to the Dean of Academic Affairs, who reviews the case and makes a recommendation to the Executive Vice President of Educational Services who determines whether to grant final approval.

Approved Amnesty Applications will be forwarded to the Registrar for reconciliation of the student’s academic record.

Students granted Academic Amnesty must maintain regular contact with a Student Development Specialist/Counselor to monitor academic progress.

Academic Amnesty does not affect or alter the student’s record for financial aid eligibility.