REG 02.20.16 – Undergraduate Grade Exclusion

Authority:  Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

History: First Issued: August 23, 2011. Last Revised: April 1, 2014.

Related Policies:
NCSU REG02.20.06 – Course Repeat Regulation

Contact Info:  Department Registration and Records (919-515-2572)


1.1  Undergraduate students may select up to two NC State courses with posted letter grades of C- or below to be excluded from calculation of their cumulative grade point average.  Unsuccessful audits or credit-only attempts are not eligible for exclusion.

1.2  Grades excluded under previous university regulations (such as First Year Course Repeat or Course Repeat Without Penalty) count toward the maximum two courses allowed for exclusion.

1.3  Grade exclusions must be posted prior to a student applying for graduation  Grade exclusions cannot be invoked after a baccalaureate degree has been conferred upon the student by NC State.

1.4  Once a grade exclusion is posted, the student cannot remove the exclusion or change it to another course at a later date.

1.5  Grade exclusions cannot be applied to courses in which the student was found to have committed academic misconduct.


2.1  Once a grade exclusion is applied to a course, the grade points and the credit hours attempted and earned on the course will be removed from the calculation of the cumulative grade point. Excluded courses and hours will continue to be counted in calculations of satisfactory progress for financial aid eligibility and for tuition surcharge.

2.2  The course title and grade for the course will be shown on the official record with a notation to indicate the grade was excluded from the computation of the cumulative grade point average.

2.3  Excluded courses cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements.

2.4  Grade exclusions will result in a recalculation of academic standing.  Use of a grade exclusion does not retroactively change the status of the student’s semester academic honors or result in a refund of tuition or fees.

2.5  Students should be aware that many graduate and professional schools recalculate grade point averages in the process of considering an applicant for admission to such programs.  This recalculation may include restoring the grades and cumulative grade point average effects of courses to which a grade exclusion has been applied.