Grade Forgiveness

Beginning with the summer 2020 semester, Penn State is implementing a new grade forgiveness option for undergraduate students. Under this new policy, if a student earns a D or F grade in a course but then repeats the course and earns a better grade, the original grade can be forgiven. If a grade forgiveness request is approved, the original course still will appear on the student's official transcript, but will not earn credit or count towards the student's term or cumulative GPA.

How to Submit a Grade Forgiveness Request

Students can access the Grade Forgiveness Request form online in LionPATH by choosing "Grade Forgiveness" under "Academic Records". The form is only available to degree-seeking undergraduate students after a course has been repeated and a grade posted, where the original grade was a D or F.

Students who no longer have an active Penn State account to log into LionPATH can unlock and reactive their account by visiting the Account Management website and selecting "Recover My Account".

Before submitting a request for grade forgiveness, please read the H-2 Undergraduate Grade Forgiveness procedure, which includes the complete policy and procedure regarding grade forgiveness. Students should consult with their academic adviser before submitting a Grade Forgiveness Request form.

The list of designated college representatives appear below.

College Representatives for Grade Forgiveness

Abington College

Timothy Smalarz Email:

Agricultural Sciences

Matt Stumpf Email:

Altoona College

Gina Baird Email:

Arts and Architecture

Kyrie Harding Email:

Behrend College

Jane Brady Email:

Berks College

Elyce Kaplan Email:

Capital College

Paula Maynard Email:

Division of Undergraduate Studies

Tammy Bowersox Email:

Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications

Academic Advising Email:

Nikki DiOrio Email:

Earth and Mineral Sciences

Hilleary Himes Email:

Eberly College of Science

Lynne O'Cain Email:


Greg Mason Email:


Karen Marsala Email:

Jessa Leskovansky Email:

Health and Human Development

Rhonda Spychalski Email:

Information Sciences and Technology

Melissa Williams Email:

Liberal Arts

Dave Lingenfelter Email:


Kimberly Hodges Email:

Smeal College of Business

Debbie Lissenden Email:

University College

Shirl Henry Email: