Academic Amnesty

If you were previously enrolled at Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences or any Rutgers legacy liberal arts unit, with a record of poor academic performance, including a cumulative grade point average below 2.00 and 10 or more consecutive years of hiatus, you may apply for Academic Amnesty in the School of Arts & Sciences (SAS).

To qualify for Academic Amnesty, eligible students must demonstrate academic proficiency by completing 12 new degree credits of coursework with a grade-point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher within a single academic year from active re-enrollment.

If Amnesty is granted, a transcript adjustment is applied to your record creating a new GPA based only on coursework completed since active re-enrollment. Credit for any prior Rutgers coursework completed with grades of C or better, will count toward degree completion, but these prior grades will no longer be calculated into the GPA. All credit for prior coursework with grades of D will be lost and will therefore no longer count towards degree completion. Grades of D and F will also be removed from your cumulative GPA.

In other words, successful Amnesty students will only keep prior degree credits earned with grades of C or higher, and the GPA will include only grades earned after the point of Amnesty re-enrollment.


  • Only students with a hiatus of 10 or more consecutive years from Rutgers University and a cumulative GPA below 2.00 may apply.
  • Prior to being awarded Amnesty, students must demonstrate academic proficiency by completing 12 new Rutgers degree credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher, within one academic year.


  • Regardless of the prior Rutgers liberal arts unit of enrollment (Douglass College, Livingston College, Rutgers College, University College), all students will be re-enrolled in the Rutgers School of Arts & Sciences (SAS) must satisfy all SAS requirements for degree completion and comply with all SAS academic standards.
  • Previously suspended or dismissed students will be conditionally re-enrolled in the SAS in order to satisfy the Amnesty proficiency requirement by which students may qualify for Amnesty and full readmission.
  • Proficiency requirements must be satisfied within one academic year from the date of first amnesty-eligible re-enrollment and the proficiency GPA standard of 2.75 or higher will be based on the first 12 completed credits. Withdrawing from a semester does not increase the amount of time an Amnesty candidate has to complete the proficiency requirements.
  • If Academic Amnesty is awarded, regardless of previous accumulated credits, all students must complete a minimum of 30 graded degree credits in residence at Rutgers-New Brunswick for degree completion. Proficiency course work completed at Rutgers-New Brunswick may be counted toward residency.
  • Once Amnesty is awarded, students will not be eligible to use the SAS Repeated Course Policy for any subsequent grades of D or F.
  • Students may apply for Academic Amnesty once. Once Amnesty has been granted, students may not at a later time ask for Amnesty to be rescinded or modified. For example, students granted Academic Amnesty may not later request the return of degree credit for prior courses with D grades or request that grades from prior courses with a grade of C or above be computed in the GPA.

If Academic Amnesty is approved

  • All previous Rutgers grades of F and D will be "E-credited". The prefix E on a course credit indicates that no credit is earned toward the degree and no grade computed in the cumulative GPA. Credit from E-credited courses cannot be used to fulfil any major, minor, or general education degree requirements.
  • All previous grades of C or better will be "J-credited". The prefix J on course credits indicates that those credits are earned toward the degree, but the grade is not computed in the cumulative GPA. J-credited courses may be used to fulfil major, minor, and general education degree requirements.

If Academic Amnesty is not approved

  • Upon review of Amnesty Requirements, candidates who have previously sustained an Academic Dismissal from Rutgers University, and those candidates for whom degree completion is not viable, the Committee for Academic Standing will terminate enrollment at SAS.

For More Information

For more information on how to apply for Academic Amnesty and what the requirements are please contact one of the Academic Standing Deans or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..