Academic Fresh Start/Renewal

If a current student who was previously enrolled at KSU discontinued her/his college studies for at least five years, that individual may petition in the Office of the Registrar for a onetime “academic fresh start”. If the Academic Fresh Start is approved, the student’s Adjusted Grade Point Average (AGPA) will be readjusted to the term he/she was readmitted. The student’s transcript and cumulative GPA will retain all previous course attempts and grades. The granting of Academic Fresh Start does not supersede Financial Aid policies regarding Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Students who wish to participate in the Academic Fresh Start program must contact the Office of the Registrar to complete the Academic Fresh Start Request Form. The request must be submitted within three semesters after re-enrollment or one calendar year, whichever comes first. A student can be granted Academic Fresh Start status only one time. Once granted, the petition for Academic Fresh Start cannot be rescinded.

The Adjusted GPA will be used for determining academic standing and eligibility for graduation. To earn a degree, a student must meet the institution’s residency requirements after acquiring Academic Fresh Start status. For students to receive honors at graduation, Fresh Start students must have at least 60 earned hours of credit at KSU after the Academic Fresh Start status was granted.

Academic credit for previously completed coursework, including transfer coursework received prior to the student discontinuing studies at KSU, will be retained only for courses in which a grade of “A,” “B,” or “C” has been earned. Retained grades are not calculated in an Adjusted GPA. Such credit is considered in the same context as transfer credit, credit by examination, and courses with grades of “S.” Courses with grades of “D” or “F” must be repeated at the Academic Fresh Start institution if they are required in the student’s degree program. Further, all remaining courses for the current degree objective must be completed at the Academic Fresh Start institution, i.e., no transient credit will be accepted. Applicability of retained credit to degree requirements will be determined by the degree requirements in effect at the time Academic Fresh Start status is conferred on the student. Specific institutional program regulations must also be met.

A student who has been dismissed from KSU and has attended one or more USG institutions during the period of dismissal is not eligible for Academic Fresh Start. A student who has not been dismissed from KSU but who has been absent from that institution five years or more and who has attended a school other than that institution may choose only one of the following options: 1) a student may return to the same institution subject to all relevant transfer and re-entry policies. No Academic Fresh Start will be granted and transfer credit will be granted for applicable courses taken during the absence or 2) a student may apply for Academic Fresh Start. If Academic Fresh Start status is approved, no transfer credit will be granted for coursework completed during the absence.

The granting of Academic Fresh Start does not supersede the KSU dismissal policy. Any dismissal that occurred in the past shall remain recorded on the student’s permanent record.

Reentry into any program is not automatic. The granting of Academic Fresh Start does not supersede the admissions requirements of certain programs, e.g., teacher education and nursing, which require a specific minimum grade point average based upon all coursework.

KSU follows the Board of Regents’ Academic Renewal policy. (BOR 3.5.3. BOR Academic Affairs handbook 2.5.1)

Academic Fresh Start For Second Degree

A student who returns to KSU for a second KSU undergraduate degree may have his/her Adjusted GPA restarted at the time of re-entry. In order to restart the AGPA, students must petition the Office of the Registrar within three semesters after re-enrollment or one calendar year, whichever comes first. A student can be granted Academic Fresh Start status only one time.