Academic Bankruptcy and Forgiveness

University Policy

Academic Bankruptcy and Forgiveness policies allow students who are returning to college after an absence of two or more years to request the adjustment of their records for one or more entire semesters of previous college work, provided certain criteria are met. Students considering this option are strongly encouraged to consult with their academic advisor for guidance.

If the student meets the following criteria and if the appropriate committee (located within the student’s enrollment unit) finds there are extenuating circumstances that warrant such action, the committee may rule the student eligible to declare academic bankruptcy.  To be eligible, the student:

  • must not have attended any college or university during a period of two calendar years immediately preceding this readmission; and
  • must state in writing the intention to declare bankruptcy, specifically designating the term or consecutive sequence of terms to which the bankruptcy process is to apply.

The student must attain at least a 2.5 quality point standing (2.8 quality point standing or higher in the College of Business, Dental Hygiene and Nursing programs and 2.5 Social Work Upper Division/2.8 Lower Division)in all degree applicable courses while attempting the first 12 hours after readmission. (All courses taken during the term in which the twelfth-hour minimum is attained will be considered in determining eligibility for bankruptcy.) After these 12 hours have been attempted, the student must petition the appropriate committee for academic bankruptcy, designating the term or consecutive sequence of terms to which the bankruptcy process is to apply.

The voided grades and credit hours will not be considered for degree requirements or quality-point computations, but will remain on the student’s transcript. Academic actions, such as probation or dismissal, recorded at the end of the voided terms, will also remain.

No student may declare bankruptcy more than once.  Bankrupt semesters will not apply toward enrollment semesters when determining catalog year.  No course taken during a bankrupted semester can be used to satisfy a requirement.

Students are advised that while bankrupted course grades are removed from the calculation, the course work does remain a part of their permanent record and that the bankrupted work may be considered for financial aid purposes, NCAA purposes, and may be evaluated if applying for honors or graduate study.   No person using these bankruptcy procedures shall be eligible to participate in any intercollegiate competition until the specified grades and courses have been declared void.

Additionally, students must be aware that academic bankruptcy is an internal policy.  The University of Louisville cannot guarantee how the work will be viewed by another university should the student choose to transfer.

Additional Unit Policies

College of Arts and Sciences

Note that grades earned in semesters for which academic bankruptcy has been approved are counted in the student’s expanded grade point average to determine eligibility for graduation with honors.

College of Education and Human Development

The College of Education and Human Development also offers academic forgiveness.  Academic forgiveness allows currently enrolled students to void one semester of University of Louisville coursework. No student may petition for both academic forgiveness and academic bankruptcy.

If the student meets the following criteria and if the College of Education and Human Development Standards and Admissions Committee believe there are extenuating circumstances that warrant such action, the committee may rule the student eligible to declare academic forgiveness. To be eligible to apply for academic forgiveness the student:

  • must be currently enrolled in the College of Education and Human Development; and
  • must submit a petition to the College of Education and Human Development Standards and Admissions Committee requesting academic forgiveness, specifically designating the term to which academic forgiveness is to apply.

The voided grades and credit hours will not be considered for degree requirements or quality-point computations but will remain on the student’s transcript. Academic actions such as probation or dismissal, recorded at the end of the voided terms, will also remain.

No student may declare academic forgiveness more than once.  Forgiven semesters will not apply toward enrollment semesters when determining catalog years.