As of spring 2015, there has been a change in terminology relating to the SAS Dismissal Policy, but the policy itself has not changed. What was formerly termed a first dismissal is now called a suspension. What was formerly termed a second dismissal is now called a dismissal.
Students previously enrolled at Rutgers University with a record of poor academic performance, including a cumulative grade point average below 2.00 and 10 or more consecutive years of hiatus, may apply for Academic Amnesty in the School of Arts & Sciences (SAS).
To qualify for Amnesty eligible students must demonstrate academic proficiency by meeting the following requirements: students must complete 12 new degree credits of coursework with a grade-point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher within a single academic year from active re-enrollment.
If Amnesty is granted, a transcript adjustment is applied to the student's record creating a new GPA based only on coursework completed since active re-enrollment. Credit for any prior Rutgers coursework completed with grades of C or better, will count toward degree completion, but these prior grades will no longer be calculated into the GPA. All credit for prior coursework with grades of D will be lost and will therefore no longer count towards degree completion. Grades of D and F will also be removed from students' cumulative GPA.
In other words, successful Amnesty students will only keep prior degree credits earned with grades of C or higher, and the GPA will include only grades earned after the point of Amnesty re-enrollment.
- Only students with a hiatus of 10 or more consecutive years from Rutgers University and a cumulative GPA below 2.00 may apply.
- Prior to being awarded Amnesty, students must demonstrate academic proficiency by completing 12 new Rutgers degree credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher, within one academic year.
- Regardless of the prior Rutgers unit of enrollment, all students will be re-enrolled in the Rutgers School of Arts & Sciences (SAS) must satisfy all SAS requirements for degree completion and comply with all SAS academic standards.
- Previously suspended or dismissed students will be conditionally re-enrolled in the SAS in order to satisfy the Amnesty proficiency requirement by which students may qualify for Amnesty and full readmission.
- Proficiency requirements must be satisfied within one academic year from the date of first amnesty-eligible re-enrollment and the proficiency GPA standard of 2.75 or higher will be based on the first 12 completed credits. Withdrawing from a semester does not increase the amount of time an Amnesty candidate has to complete the proficiency requirements.
- If Academic Amnesty is awarded, regardless of previous accumulated credits, all students must complete a minimum of 30 graded degree credits in residence at Rutgers-New Brunswick for degree completion. Proficiency course work completed at Rutgers-New Brunswick may be counted toward residency.
- Once Amnesty is awarded, students will not be eligible to use the SAS Repeated Course Policy for any subsequent grades of D or F.
- Students may apply for Academic Amnesty once. Once Amnesty has been granted, students may not at a later time ask for Amnesty to be rescinded or modified. For example, students granted Academic Amnesty may not later request the return of degree credit for prior courses with D grades or request that grades from prior courses with a grade of C or above be computed in the GPA.
If Academic Amnesty is approved
- All previous Rutgers grades of F and D will be "E-credited". The prefix E on a course credit indicates that no credit is earned toward the degree and no grade computed in the cumulative GPA. Credit from E-credited courses cannot be used to fulfil any major, minor, or general education degree requirements.
- All previous grades of C or better will be "J-credited". The prefix J on course credits indicates that those credits are earned toward the degree, but the grade is not computed in the cumulative GPA. J-credited courses may be used to fulfil major, minor, and general education degree requirements.
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