Academic Policies and General Information
The Academic Reprieve Policy is designed to make it possible for former UVM undergraduate students, whose academic performance when first enrolled was below standard, to resume their studies without the encumbrance of the grades previously earned.
The Academic Reprieve Policy is available to returning students who have not been enrolled at UVM or any other accredited institution of higher education for a period of at least three calendar years.
Former students returning to the University may request the application of the Academic Reprieve Policy only once in their career at UVM. The established procedures and criteria for admission or readmission apply to students applying for an Academic Reprieve.
The dean of the college/school in which the student is enrolled at the time of initial eligibility for the application of the Academic Reprieve Policy shall determine eligibility for, and application of, the policy. Eligible former students must file a petition with the appropriate dean requesting reprieve of all prior course work at the University, either at time of admission or readmission or before the close of the first semester of re-enrollment. The Reprieve Policy includes all previous UVM work and does not allow the students to pick and choose individual courses for reprieve. All courses with grades below passing are ignored, credit hours for courses passed are carried forward, but the grades are not figured in the new grade-point average, which begins again at zero.
Any person electing the reprieve option is required to complete a minimum of 30 additional regularly graded credits at UVM before a degree may be awarded; these credits are not open to the pass/fail option. Those electing the reprieve option may qualify for honors at graduation only on the same basis as any transfer student, i.e. completion of 60 or more regularly graded credits at UVM.
Persons electing the reprieve option will be required to meet degree requirements of the catalogue in effect on the date of the student’s application for readmission.
The Reprieve Policy applies solely to regular undergraduate degree programs. Graduate programs are specifically excluded.
Please note: The University of Vermont is required to include all courses, whenever taken, in evaluating a student's satisfactory academic progress as it relates to a student's financial aid eligibility. There is no provision made for courses that have been granted academic reprieve. Please contact Student Financial Services at (802) 656-5700 if you have questions concerning your financial aid eligibility.