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Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2019

Response to College Senate Recommendation: New DOPS Policy on Repeating Graduate Courses

At its April 12, 2019, meeting, the College Senate voted in favor of a resolution on a new DOPS Policy on Repeating Graduate Courses, to be implemented as follows:

Introduced at the February 8, 2019, College Senate meeting by the Standards for Students Committee.

WHEREAS, there is no current policy for determining and distinguishing graduate repeat eligibility from undergraduate eligibility; and

WHEREAS, there is no current college policy for establishing the time limit for degree completion at the graduate level; and

WHEREAS, current Graduate School policy establishes a six-year time limit for degree completion at the graduate level; and

WHEREAS, good academic standing at the graduate level is considered a minimum of 3.00 (B grade); and

WHEREAS, grades of less than a B carry weight of less than 3.00 so should be repeatable at the graduate level,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Buffalo State create a new DOPS policy for Repeating Graduate Courses as proposed in this document to enhance student success and completion; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT this policy change go into effect beginning with the 2019–2020 academic year and that the college catalog and college website be updated to ensure that DOPS language is consistently reflected in the catalog and on the website for this policy.


Policy Number: I:16:10 (New Policy)
Subject: Repeating Graduate Courses

A student may repeat a given graduate course once for which a B-, C+, C, C–, D+, D, E, EV, F, or U grade was earned. The course must be repeated in the same grading mode as the first attempt and have the same prefix, number, and credit. The repeated course must be taken at Buffalo State. When a course is repeated, only the higher grade earned and associated credit hours will count toward the GPA.

Repeating Courses Over Six Years
All coursework and degree requirements must be completed within a six-year period beginning with a student’s matriculation term into his or her graduate program.

Courses completed more than six years preceding a student’s graduation, regardless of grade earned, cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements unless a waiver is approved by the adviser, department chair, and academic dean. Without a waiver, such courses must be repeated to be applied to the degree requirements, and only the grade and credit hours earned on the last attempt will apply to the GPA and degree or certificate program requirements.

All grades remain on the permanent record. A passing grade will not replace a U grade, since the U is not computed in the GPA. Courses repeated outside of the parameters listed above will not be used in the calculation of the cumulative GPA, and the credit hours will not be applied to degree or certificate program requirements.

Policy regarding practicum courses may differ. Contact the academic department.

Repeating courses may affect financial aid. Contact the Financial Aid Office for the current policy.

Once a student has completed a master’s degree or certificate of advanced study, a final average for that degree or certificate is computed. Courses for that degree or certificate may not be repeated, and that final average is not affected by any subsequent coursework completed at Buffalo State.

I hereby accept the resolution of the College Senate regarding the new DOPS policy on Repeating Graduate Courses at Buffalo State. I charge the provost with responsibility for overseeing the implementation of this policy change and for communicating the change to the campus community.