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Academic Clemency

Academic Clemency is a provision allowing a one-time, irrevocable calculation of grade point average and credit hours toward graduation to be based only upon work done after a prolonged separation from college. This provision is provided for undergraduate students who have gained maturity through extended experience outside higher education institutions, and are currently enrolled at Arkansas State University and have demonstrated acceptable academic performance following their return.


Requirements to be satisfied by a student prior to requesting academic clemency toward an undergraduate degree are as follows:

  • Separation from all academic institutions for at least five years
  • Completion of a minimum of twelve semester hours of graded courses from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a 2.0 or better grade point average
  • Formal application filed with the Office of Admissions, Records and Registration

How Do I Apply?

Students wanting to apply for academic clemency must meet with a representative in the Office of Admissions, Records and Registration in order to determine eligibility. If eligible, the student will be given a formal application to complete and will pay a fee of $30 at the Cashier's Window.

Granted Academic Clemency

Upon approval by the Office of Admissions, Records and Registration, the student will be granted academic clemency. The student's permanent record will remain a record of all work; however, the student will forfeit the use (for degree purposes at Arkansas State University) of any college or university credit earned prior to the five years separation indicated above. The date of the clemency will coincide with the date of re-entry following the prolonged separation, and the permanent record will note that a fresh start was made and will note the date of the fresh start. The record will carry the notation, "Academic Clemency GRANTED - (date of fresh start)."