Core principles and standards with respect to academic forgiveness and readmission for students at Adelphi University.

Policy Statement

This policy sets forth core principles and standards with respect to academic forgiveness and readmission for students at Adelphi University.

Reason for Policy

Former students who did not meet their academic requirements can seek readmission under this policy and have their GPA be reset to 0.0 if they meet the required terms.

Who Is Governed by this Policy

Faculty and Students


Former Adelphi students who have been away from the university for at least three years who had a GPA of less than 2.0 can apply for Academic Forgiveness. The applicant would be admitted or readmitted to the school to which s/he is applying under a Final Probation Contract. The student would qualify for “Academic Forgiveness” after completing one semester (12–13 credits) with a GPA determined by the school. Students in the College of Continuing and Professional Studies may take the 12-13 credits over a period of no more than two consecutive semesters. In no case would the qualifying GPA be less than 2.3. If the student is successful, the GPA prior to readmission would be canceled. All grades would remain on the transcript. Credits received prior to readmission with the grades of D–, D, or D+ would be canceled. Students must complete at least 30 credits at Adelphi after return.

When a former Adelphi graduate student has been away from the University for at least three years and had a GPA of less than 3.0 and is offered admission or readmi ssion to an Adelphi graduate program (based on the admission standards of that program). The student will be admitted or readmitted under a final probation contract to be developed according to standards of the graduate program. The student’s GPA would be calculated without previous graduate grades, although all previous classes and grades would remain on the student’s transcript.


Academic Forgiveness: The process that matriculated students seeking a bachelor’s degree follow, under limited circumstances, to remove the punitive effect of past academic failures.


Form for this policy must be received in the Office of Academic Services & Retention at the time of readmission. Please see the following link for access to forms. 

Related Information

This policy does not have related information at this time. Upon periodic policy review this area will be evaluated to determine if additional information is needed to supplement the policy.

Document History

  • Last Reviewed Date: November 22, 2022
  • Last Revised Date: November 22, 2022
  • Policy Origination Date: Passed by Faculty Senate: April 2013

Who Approved This Policy

Faculty Senate

Debra Kyriacou
Executive Director of Academic Services
Phone Number
Nexus Building 151
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