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Academic Second Chance Policy


The Academic Second Chance program is an “amnesty” program that provides a benefit to students who are returning to the college, or transferring to Daytona State, when their prior educational experience has not been totally satisfactory.

The Second Chance Program does not apply once a certificate or a degree (associate or bachelor's) has been earned. The program will only apply to additional courses taken toward a subsequent degree. The Academic Second Chance Program can only be used once in a lifetime.

All courses remain on the transcript. Students planning to transfer to another college or university are cautioned that the receiving institution may use all original grades earned when computing a GPA for admissions eligibility or for other purposes.

If a student has earned a certificate and subsequently takes additional courses toward an associate degree, only the new courses taken would be applicable to this policy. The same applies to students who return for a second associate degree. Grades for courses that qualify for this amnesty program will be changed to “AM” to indicate the amnesty was applied. The following statement will be added to the student’s transcript when the petition is approved: “Academic Second Chance Policy has been applied.” The transcript legend will indicate the “AM” grade replaced an “F” grade.

All courses remain on the transcript, except from new transfer students. Students planning to transfer to another college or university are cautioned that the receiving institution may use all original grades earned when computing a GPA for admissions eligibility or for other purposes.

Courses that receive amnesty will still count for the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy with regard to attempted/earned credits. Academic Second Chance has no effect on the student’s financial aid award history. It also has no effect on the calculation of course attempts related to the multiple course attempts surcharge.

A. Academic Second Chance Policy – Daytona State College Returning Students
The Academic Second Chance Program allows former students of Daytona State College who return to college after a three calendar year break in higher education enrollment to have coursework with a grade of “F” be excluded from Daytona State College GPA calculations once their appeal is approved.

Requirements:

Students who are repeating courses that had a prior grade of “F” will still use the current grade forgiveness policy that uses the most recent grade when calculating GPA.

B. Academic Second Chance Policy – Daytona State College Current Students
Many times students are unsure of their career goals, or may attempt courses and programs not suited to their academic skills. For students who are successful after a career/program change, the Academic Second Chance Policy permits a student to select up to three grades of “F” earned previously in required courses (not electives or General Education courses) in the prior major, to be changed to a grade of “AM” and not counted in the GPA. To take advantage of this provision the student must have earned 50% of the credits toward their new program.
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C. Academic Second Chance Policy – Daytona State College Transfer Students
New students transferring to Daytona State College will automatically take advantage of the Academic Second Chance Policy for Transfer Students. The college will not transfer grades of “F” and “W” onto the Daytona State College transcript. This policy does not apply to students who were enrolled at the college prior to fall 2009. The college will continue to require the receipt of all prior college transcripts, even if no credits are to be awarded in transfer.

Student Caution:
Students must clearly understand that other colleges may not use the Daytona State College GPA for transfer purposes if any type of grade amnesty has been applied.

Last Updated: 4/1/14