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Students who fail a course may be required to retake that course if it is a requirement for their program or if the failing grade endangers their academic progress. Students may also choose to repeat a course that was passed in order to earn a better grade. Regardless of why the course is being repeated, the highest grade earned will be used to compute the grade point average. Both course registrations and grades, however, remain on the transcript record. Students who repeat a course may apply the course credits to the completion of degree requirements only once.
In addition, consistent with Walden’s policy on Students’ Misuse of Their Own Scholarly Work in Code of Conduct , assignments submitted for the repeated courses are expected to reflect new approaches and insights into that topic and students may not merely copy and paste substantial sections from one assignment to be submitted again. Any use of prior work is at the discretion of the instructor and prior approval is required before submitting prior work.
Undergraduate students may repeat a course two times for a total of three attempts. Provided undergraduate students meet academic progress standards as identified in the Academic Progress Benchmarks (Chart) section of the Walden Handbook, they will not be academically dismissed for failing a course twice, even if that course is required for their program. A required course is an individual course that must be completed as part of specific university, program, specialization, or concentration requirements and cannot be substituted by other courses in the university.
Graduate students who receive a grade of C or lower or receive a U (Unsatisfactory) grade in a required or elective course may repeat that course.
Graduate students may retake a course only one time. Students who fail a required course twice will be dismissed from the university. A required course is an individual course that must be completed as part of specific university, program, specialization, or concentration requirements and cannot be substituted by other courses in the university. Students will not be dismissed for failing a non-required course twice unless their cumulative GPA falls below acceptable academic standards.
Students who fall into this situation should refer to Gaining Readmission and Readmission After Dismissal for Low GPA or Failing the Same Required Course Twice .