The following policies only apply to repeat policies within the College of Letters and Science. If you have questions about repeat policies within another college — the College of Education, the College of Business, the College of Nursing — contact an adviser in Suite 202 of the Student Success Center for advice on how to proceed. This page explains the steps for students to take if they would like to repeat a course in order to improve their grade in it.
Steps to Take to Improve a Grade Below a C
If you meet the following criteria, the process of re-taking a course is straightforward:
- You want to re-take a course to improve your grade;
- You have not already repeated the course;
- You received a grade below C in the course.
If you satisfy the above conditions, then, there are no forms to fill out and no people with whom to meet. Instead, you should simply proceed to register for the course. Please remember that the usual restrictions on registration also apply when you register for a repeat course. In other words, you will be able to register for the repeat course as long as there are seats available when it comes your time to register.
To be clear, if you earn a lower grade by repeating the course, this lower grade will be the one used in determining your grade point average.
To read the full University Policy on course repeats, click here: www.uwosh.edu/registrar
Steps to Take to Improve a Grade C or Better
If you received a C or better in a course and would like to re-take it to improve your grade, then, an appeal is necessary. As it stands, the University Repeat Policy specifies that students must have received a grade below a C in the course that they want to repeat. However, if you have a good argument for wanting to repeat a course in which you received a "C" or above, then, you should process an Appeal to Repeat.
Here are the steps by which to have a successful appeal:
- Go to Dempsey 130 and pick up the Appeal to Repeat Form.
- Fill out the form carefully and accurately.
- Go to the department that offers the course and set up an appointment to talk to the Chair. By going directly to the chair, you will ensure that the form will be processed quickly and efficiently. In turn, the chair will be able to provide you information about whether or not there are openings in the course.
- If the chair determines that you can enroll in the course, fill out an Add Card provided by the department.
- Bring both the Appeal to Repeat Form signed by the Chair and the Add Card to Jean Patt. Her office is located in Dempsey 130. If she is in her office, she may sign the form immediately. If she is not available, turn in your forms at the office for her approval. These forms will be mailed back to you.
- Submit the Appeal to Repeat form and the Add Card to Dempsey 130.
Steps to Take to Repeat a Class for a Third Time at this Campus
Warning: If the course that you want to repeat for the third time is in the College of Business, the College of Nursing, or the College of Education, contact an advisor in Suite 202 of the Student Success Center for advice on how to proceed. The instructions below are only for repeating courses within the College of Letters and Science.
- Create a careful plan for how you will improve your grade in the course and strategize about how this third time taking the course will be different from the previous two attempts.
- Go to Dempsey 130 and pick up an Appeal to Repeat Form.
- Fill out the form carefully and accurately.
- Bring the Appeal to Repeat form to Jean Patt, Academic Affairs Officer, Dempsey 130, and explain to her your plan for improving your grade.
Ultimately, Jean Patt, Student Academic Affairs Officer, will evaluate your plan and decide whether or not it will be effective in changing your grade. Her goal is to protect you from wasting your time and spending your money to improve your grade if it is not probable that you will succeed in the effort. If Ms. Patt decides that your plan is likely to succeed, then, she will instruct you on whether or not you need to bring the Appeal to Repeat form to the Department Chair.
- If Jean Patt instructs you to go to the Department Chair, be prepared to present your plan to the chair on how you will achieve a better grade in the course. The Department Chair will also want to evaluate whether you can succeed in this third attempt and your plan will be an important consideration in the final decision.
Steps to Take to Repeat a Course for the Third Time at Another Campus
- Follow the steps above but be aware that only the course and credit will transfer to UW Oshkosh. The grade from the course at another campus will not transfer.