Policy No. 2:06:04:00


SUBJECT:  Academic Fresh Start

The Academic Fresh Start is a plan of academic forgiveness provided for students who have demonstrated academic responsibility following their return.  The Fresh Start allows the calculation of the GPA and credit hours toward graduation to be based only on work done after returning to college.

Readmitted students who were formerly enrolled at Cleveland State as well as transfer students who meet institutional requirements for admission and who have been separated from all institutions of higher education for a minimum of four years are eligible for the Fresh Start.  In order to be granted a Fresh Start, the student, at the time of readmission or admission as a degree student, must make formal application to the Enrollment Services Office requesting the Fresh Start.  After applying for the Fresh Start, the student must complete at least fifteen semester hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0 for all work attempted. Any course(s) used for a previously awarded degree or certificate are not eligible for Fresh Start.

After satisfying the requirements, the student will be granted the Academic Fresh Start.  The student's permanent record will remain a record of all work; however, the student will forfeit the use for degree or certification purposes all college or university degree credit earned prior to the four-year separation upon the granting of the Fresh Start.  Previously satisfied test requirements will not be forfeited.  GPA and credit totals will be based only on the work beginning with the date of the Fresh Start.

The student may be granted the Academic Fresh Start only once, and when granted is irrevocable.  All Tennessee Board of Regents institutions will honor a Fresh Start provision granted at another TBR institution.  Non-TBR institutions may not accept the GPA as it is calculated with the Fresh Start.


Source:  TBR Policy 2:03:01:01

Revised:  Curriculum and Academic Standards Committee Meeting 11/8/12.  Approved by President’s Cabinet 11/27/12.