Repeat Policy

The policy governing course repeats at California State University, Sacramento follows Executive Order 1037- Grading Symbols, Minimum Standards Governing the Assignment of Grades, Policies on the Repetition of Courses, Polices on Academic Renewal, and Grade Appeals.[1]

1.         Undergraduate students may repeat courses only if they earned grades lower than a C (C-, D+, D, D-, F, WU, NC).

2.         Course repeats with “Grade Forgiveness” (Grade Forgiveness is the circumstances in which the new grade replaces the former grade in terms of the calculation of GPA, etc.):

2.a.      Undergraduate students may repeat up to 16 semester-units with grade forgiveness.*

2.b.      Undergraduate students may repeat an individual course for grade forgiveness no more than one time.  A course may be repeated no more than two times without petition.

2.c.      Grade forgiveness shall not be applicable to a course for which the original grade was the result of a finding of academic dishonesty.

3.         Course repeats with “Grades Averaged:”

 Undergraduate students may repeat an additional 12 semester-units, i.e., units in additional to the 16 semester-units for which grade “replacement” is permitted.  In such instances the repeat grades shall not replace the original grade; instead, all grades (except any forgiveness grades) shall be calculated into the student’s overall grade-point average.*

4.         Departments and Colleges may not have a repeat policy that differs from the campus policy. (Note: restrictions on repeats for enrolled and declared majors, pre-majors, minors, and certification students within specific programs, represent substantive program changes and not exceptions to the repeat policy.)

5.         The limits apply only to units completed at the campus (i.e., While courses taken elsewhere may be repeated here or used to replace grades previously earned here (if the original grade was below a C), only the courses taken here will be counted towards the repeat caps). 

* The default sequence for applying forgiven and averaged grades is to forgive grades for repeated courses that are eligible (that have not already been repeated once) until the forgiveness cap has been reached, whereupon they will be averaged until the repeat cap is reached.  Grades for a course that has already been forgiven once will be averaged.  Any residual units from the forgiveness cap that are not used for forgiveness may be used for averaging, within the 28 unit total repeat cap.

Any exception to the Repeat Policy may be granted through petition to the student’s major department and the Registrar’s Office.

Addendum -- Transfer Credit

The existing repeat policy above will apply to transfer credit unless otherwise noted (see Number 5 above). Undergraduate students may repeat courses at California State University, Sacramento OR another college or university only if they earned grades lower than a C (C-, D+, D, D-, F, WU, NC).  This policy applies to students who are repeating a course first taken at California State University, Sacramento and repeated at other college or university.  This policy also applies to students who are repeating a course first taken at another college or university and repeated at California State University, Sacramento.

If a student has repeated a course in which that student has earned a grade of C or higher, neither the course credit nor grade will be recognized as a valid repeat and will not be forgiven or averaged.  In these instances, the original grade will remain on the student’s record.


[1] California State University, Executive Order 1037 - Grading Symbols, Minimum Standards Governing the Assignment of Grades, Policies on the Repetition of Courses, Polices on Academic Renewal, and Grade Appeals, eff. August 1, 2009, https://www.calstate.edu/eo/EO-1037.html

Amends FS 10-57
Approved by the Faculty Senate December 10, 2015
Approved by President Nelsen January 14, 2016