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Academic Second Chance

Academic Second Chance (ASC) is an appeal procedure for an undergraduate student to request academic forgiveness for their courses. It applies to a single semester or a continuous series of semesters within which a student earned grades lower than a C. If approved, those terms would be excluded when calculating the student’s grade point average. No courses taken during the semesters approved for ASC would apply toward requirements for a degree.

A student who wishes to petition for ASC must have been separated from all institutions of higher learning for a minimum of two consecutive calendar years.  If a student withdrew from a semester and the withdrawal appears on their transcript, the student is considered “enrolled” during that term.

An ASC request form may be submitted by an enrolled student after the student has reentered Murray State University and has earned a minimum of 12 new degree credit hours at Murray State University with a minimum GPA of 2.50 on all hours since re-enrolling. ASC requests are only valid for the student’s first baccalaureate degree.  The ASC request form must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office, specifying the terms for which ASC is requested.

ASC courses remain a part of the transcript with a notation that academic second chance has been applied and that grades are not included in GPA calculations. If a course excluded by ASC was used as a repeat of an earlier course, the original course which had been excluded from grade point average consideration due to the repeat policy will be added back into the GPA as though it had never been repeated.

The new GPA is the official GPA of the university. Students need to be aware that some schools, agencies, academic areas, organizations, and scholarship programs may not recognize or allow ASC. ASC may be declared only once and may not be revoked.

Request for Academic Second Chance 

Students may apply for academic forgiveness by printing and completing the Request for Academic Second Chance form. The form should be mailed to:

            Registrar’s Office

            Murray State University

            113 Sparks Hall

            Murray, KY 42071-3312


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