Repeating Courses | St. Lawrence University Registrar's Office

Repeating Courses

Repeating Courses

When a student repeats a course, the higher grade will be computed in the cumulative average. Grades from both attempts will remain on the transcript. A repeated course does not earn additional credit toward graduation unless the first attempt received a failing grade.

  1. If a student’s grade is lowered below the level required by the major due to academic dishonesty, the student may retake the course, but only with the agreement of the department chair and only on a pass/fail basis, even if the major has already been declared. The original grade remains on the student’s transcript.
  2. If a student fails a course due to academic dishonesty and the course is not required for the major, the student may not retake the course.
  3. If a student’s grade is lowered due to academic dishonesty and the course is not required with a higher grade for the major, the student may not retake the course.
  4. In all other cases, a student who wishes to retake a course must submit a petition to the Academic Petitions Committee. The petition must provide a more in-depth explanation of the student’s reason(s) for retaking the course than merely stating “to raise my GPA.” Pending the Committee’s approval, the student may register to retake the course only after the class-based portion of the pre-registration process is complete. 

Students should be aware that financial aid or veterans’ benefits may be affected by a repeated course. Students should contact the student financial services office to determine if repeating a course would jeopardize a grant or scholarship.