Grade Replacement After “F”

I just found this information, after hearing nothing of the sort from anyone at Ross, so I thought it might be helpful to make a note of it here. At RUSVM, when you retake failed classes, only 2 classes will be replaced with the passing grade of the repeated class throughout the entire pre-clinical program. Having said that, if you failed 3 classes in one semester, only two of those grades will be replaced with “R” from the previous failed semester. For example, I failed Microanatomy, Gross Anatomy, and Physiology. This past semester, I repeated all three classes. I received only two “R”s on my transcript and one of the “F”s remains. My passing grades from this semester remain, also, on my transcript, but if I were to fail another class in the future, it will remain on my transcript and will be calculated into my cumulative GPA regardless of retaking and earring a passing grade.

I’ve included the parts of the RUSVM Student Handbook for clarification:

Beginning with the January 2015 semester, for the duration of the pre-clinical semesters, students will be able to replace two F grades with the R grade, after repeating the course (s) and receiving a passing grade. Grades of R will not count in the student’s cumulative GPA nor will credits be counted towards completion of the degree requirements. Please see details on the implementation of the R grade in Section 2.7.13.1.7 Grade Replacement.

2.7.13.1.7 Grade Replacement

The RUSVM Grade Replacement Policy is designed to provide students with an opportunity to replace previously failed grades after repeating a course and receiving a passing grade.

  • Beginning with the January 2015 semester and beyond, students will be able to replace F grades in their GPA after repeating the course and receiving a passing grade;
  • Grades of R will not be counted in the student’s cumulative GPA nor will credits be counted towards completion of the degree requirements;
  • Failed courses for which grade replacement has been granted will remain on the student’s permanent record, including their transcript, marked with an R;
  • Grade Replacement only applies to grades in the pre-clinical portion of the program;
  • Grade Replacement allows for students to replace grades in a maximum of 2 courses during the length of the program;
  • Additional failed courses will remain in the cumulative GPA calculation and will appear in the transcript accordingly.
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