Fostering Undergraduate Student Success

The Fostering Undergraduate Student Success policy was passed by the University of North Carolina system in an effort to improve consistency across North Carolina system campuses. To comply with this policy Appalachian State University has adopted or changed the following policies. The UNC Fostering Undergraduate Student Success policy is available online in the UNC Policy Manual.

Course Repeat/Grade Forgiveness policy

  • The first four courses a student retakes will be automatically processed using grade forgiveness. In the past students needed to petition to request each "repeat" they wanted processed using grade forgiveness.
  • Students may elect to exclude one of these first four courses from this grade forgiveness policy if they submit a request by the drop/add deadline in the term in which they are retaking that course.

Please see this link for more information that was emailed to campus about the changes to Repeats and Grade Forgiveness:

Repeat/Grade Forgiveness Changes [PDF]

Academic Standing policy

  • To remain in Good Academic Standing students must maintain a:
    • 2.0 cumulative GPA
    • 67% ratio or higher of cumulative earned credit hours to cumulative attempted credit hours
  • Students with a ratio less than 67% of cumulative earned credit hours to cumulative attempted credit hours will be placed on academic probation warning.
    • Students on academic probation warning will be allowed to continue on academic probation warning as long as their cumulative GPA is above a 2.0.
  • Students with a cumulative GPA below a 2.0 will be placed on academic probation.
    • Students will continue to be limited to two semesters of academic probation before being suspended

Please see this link for more information that was emailed to campus about the changes to Academic Standing:

Academic Standing Changes [PDF]

Course Withdrawal policy

  • Courses dropped after the drop/add period but before the end of the ninth week of a fall or spring semester will now be referred to as 'career drops' (instead of having no specific designation language for these courses). Students are limited to a total of four "career drops" during their undergraduate careers at ASU. Career drops are not to be confused with those rare drops during any part of the semester that are due to documented serious extenuating circumstances.
  • All courses a student is enrolled in past the initial drop/add period will be recorded on the transcript and count in attempted hours.

More detailed information will be sent out for each of the Appalachian State University policy changes above throughout the remainder of the Spring semester.

The UNC Fostering Undergraduate Student Success policy is available online in the UNC Policy Manual

Term Withdrawal policy

  • All courses for which you were registered during the term will count in the attempted hours.
  • First nine weeks of a fall/spring semester:
    • You may officially withdraw from the University without academic penalty
    • You will receive a grade of 'W' for each course in that term; a grade of 'W' has no affect on your GPA
  • Week 10 of a fall/spring semester and later:
  • You will receive a grade of 'WF' or 'WU' for each course in that term; a grade of 'WF' affects your GPA in the same way a grade of 'F' does
  • You may petition for withdrawal without academic penalty for compelling medical or psychological reasons by contacting the Student Health Services or the Counseling and Psychological Services Center. There are few other reasons you may petition for withdrawal without academic penalty (to include military deployment or other compelling, documentable rea sons). Contact the Registrar's Office for information.

Please see this link for more information that was emailed to campus about the changes to Academic Standing:

Term Withdrawal Changes [PDF]

Course Drop policy

Career Drops

  • You are allowed to use a total of four Career Drops during your entire academic career.
    • Career Drops do not include courses dropped during the Drop/Add Period.
    • Career drops must be completed prior to the end of the 9th week of the fall/spring semester.
  • You drop courses through your AppalNet account; no form is required.
  • You will receive a grade of 'WC' on your transcript for any course you drop after the Drop/Add Period.
  • All dropped courses will count in the attempted hours.

What if you want to drop a class after the end of the 9th week or you have already used your four Career Drops?

  • More than four drops or dropping after the end of the 9th week is not allowed. Your Appalnet will not allow these drops to be processed.
  • If you have compelling, documented extenuating circumstances, including but not limited to military deployment or hospitalization, you may complete the Request for an Exception to the Drop Policy form found on the Registrar's Office website.

Please see this link for more information that was emailed to campus about the changes to Academic Standing: