Academic Forgiveness Policy | Waukesha County Technical College

Academic Forgiveness Policy

WCTC sometimes disregards past substandard academic performance when such work is not reflective of your current demonstrated ability. It is based on the recognition that due to unusual circumstances or circumstances beyond your control, the past substandard work will negatively affect your academic standing and your ability to complete your educational goals.

To be considered for academic forgiveness, the following conditions must be met:

  • You must have at least a two-year continuous break from credit-based coursework at WCTC.
  • Upon returning, you must complete a minimum of 12 credits before applying for academic forgiveness. All completed courses must have a minimum grade of C.
  • You have not been previously granted academic forgiveness at WCTC.
  • Transcripted credit courses are eligible for academic forgiveness upon completion of 12 credits with a grade of C or better. No continuous break is required.

Once you meet these conditions, you must submit an application form for academic forgiveness to the WCTC Registrar.

Upon Approval by the Registrar:

  • Your transcript will be adjusted to indicate the point of forgiveness. All grades of C- and below, including WF, before the point of forgiveness will not count in the GPA; however, the courses and grades will remain on the transcript.
  • You will only receive degree credit for courses in which grades of C or better were earned prior to the point of academic forgiveness, and only for courses that meet current program requirements.
  • Total hours for graduation will be based on all coursework taken at WCTC, after re-admission, as well as former coursework for which a grade of C or better was earned, and credits accepted from other colleges or universities.

Please note:

  • Federal financial aid regulations do not recognize academic forgiveness. 
  • Transfer institutions may not honor WCTC’s academic forgiveness policy. 
  • WCTC’s academic forgiveness policy may be used only once and cannot be revoked, once approved.