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2021-2022 Student Handbook & University Policies 
2021-2022 Student Handbook & University Policies [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Undergraduate Course Repeat/Retake Policy AS.028

LU Policy Number: AS028

Effective Date: 10/1/2017

Approval Date: 9/5/2017

Revised Date: 7/1/2021

Revision Approval Date: 10/31/21

Purpose: To clarify the difference between “repeat” and “retake” courses and set policy.

Additional Authority: N/A

Scope: All undergraduate students of Life University

Approval Authority: President

Responsible Authority: Academic Affairs - Student

Recipients: Registrar, University Advising, Financial Aid

Publications: Catalog


Repeat: to take a course again that IS marked as “may be repeated”. Examples include topics courses, internships, practicums, etc.

Retake: to take a course again that is NOT marked as “may be repeated”.

Policy Title

Undergraduate Course Repeat/Retake Policy

Policy Statement

Repeatable Courses:

  • Certain courses note in their descriptions that they “may be repeated”. Students may repeat such courses within the course restrictions and receive credit each time.
  • Each grade for such repeated courses is computed in the student’s grade point average; a repeat grade does not replace the original grade.
  • Only courses stating in the description that they may be repeated may be taken more than once for credit.

Retaking Courses:

  • A student may retake a course for which their highest earned grade is a “D” or below.
  • A student may also retake a course, when approved by the appropriate academic dean, for which he or she needs to earn a higher grade in order to fulfill a prerequisite or a course requirement for a degree, major or minor, as well as admission requirements for graduate programs. Approval from the Dean, or their designee, is required to retake a course with a grade of “C” or higher.
  • A student will have a maximum of three (3) attempts at any one course, where a course with a letter grade of a “W/WF”notation counts as an attempt.
  • A student will be allowed no more than a total of three (3) different repeated courses in their undergraduate career.
  • All grades earned at Life University will be calculated in the term and cumulative grade point averages. The letter grade earned in the most recent attempt will be included in cumulative credit totals and grade point average even if that grade is lower than the previous grade.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an advisor to determine whether re enrollment is advisable.
  • Further, students should be aware that repeating a course may have an impact on financial aid, insurance, entrance toprofessional schools, participation in athletics, immigration status and other non-academic matters.
  • Academic advisors may deregister a student’s second or more attempt of a class under certain circumstances, including:

  Not making sufficient major progress

  Earning below a cumulative 2.0

  Retaking two or more courses in the same quarter

  Retaking a course after earning a “C” or better on the first attempt, without pre- approval from Dean’s office



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