The Academic Amnesty Program is designed for those students whose GPA from a prior
period is significantly lower than the GPA of work completed in more recent semesters.
Amnesty is applied to a maximum of 24 semester hours of courses that have grade values
below 2.00. No grades will be removed from the academic record. The courses accepted
for amnesty will be annotated “AMNESTY GIVEN” on both the transcript and the academic
record. These courses will then no longer be considered in the GPA computation.
Credit is not earned for courses for which amnesty has been granted. Amnesty may be
granted only one time and is not revocable. Amnesty cannot be awarded for any courses completed prior to the effective date
of any Oakland Community College degree or certificate. A petition for amnesty must
be filed while the student is currently enrolled or within one semester of that enrollment.
Courses eligible for amnesty must have been completed at least five years prior to
the submission of a petition. Students are eligible to petition for amnesty when their
16 most recently earned OCC credits are from courses that each have a grade equivalent
of 2.00 or higher. A course within a semester with an “I” or a grade lower than required
negates all courses in that semester from consideration in the determination of eligibility.
All courses used in determining eligibility shall have been taken since, not in, the
most recent semester containing a course being petitioned for amnesty.
Once granted, amnesty excuses courses from GPA computation and academic record summation.
In situations where the GPA or earned credits are a factor or condition of OCC program
admission or status, the GPA and record summary resulting from the granting of amnesty
shall be recognized without prejudice. Students interested in this program should
contact their campus counseling center for more information and materials.
Eligibility for financial aid may require a GPA computation that ignores the effects
of amnesty as provided herein.