Procedure 4.13.01 - Academic Fresh Start

Academic Fresh Start is designed for students who have experienced severe academic difficulty in their initial period of enrollment at Southeastern Community College and who have resumed their post-secondary education and after a period of re-enrollment in which they have made significant improvements in their academic achievement.  A student who has not been enrolled in curriculum courses at the college for sixty months and then re-enrolls may request Academic Fresh Start from the Dean of Students.  The returning student must be enrolled the semester prior to making the request, having completed a minimum of twelve credit hours within a period of 12 months in his/her curriculum, and must be in a curriculum program having earned at least a “C” grade in every course attempted since reentry. The request must be made within twelve months of re-enrollment at the college.

Responses to requests for fresh start will be made within five working days of receipt of the request.  If the request is approved, the grade point average of all courses taken sixty months or more prior to re-enrollment as an Academic Fresh Start student will be 0.00, and the student’s new grade point average will be calculated beginning at the time of Academic Fresh Start reenrollment.

To meet program completion/graduation requirements, the student must complete a minimum of one-half the total credit hours required in the program after the Academic Fresh Start re-enrollment period has begun.  Previous major courses of C or better will be treated like transfer courses where grades are not assigned.

In instances where academic fresh start is granted for courses completed at Southeastern and then transferred to another college or university, the receiving institution is not required to disregard those course grades.  Academic Fresh Start may not affect admission or readmission to an allied health program at Southeastern Community CollegeFinancial aid applicants approved for Academic Fresh Start are not exempt from the college’s Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements for Financial Aid Recipients.

Approval of a request for recalculation of grade point average under this policy is only granted once for each student.

Adopted: March 27, 2020


Reviewed: October 25,  2020