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Fresh Start Policy

"Fresh Start" allows a student, who has returned to the college after an absence of at least three years

excluding current term registered and has completed specific requirements, a "one time only" option of having his or her grade point average recalculated from the point of re-enrollment without losing credit for previous course work for which a grade of S, P, C or better was earned.

The academic Fresh Start Policy and its conditions are as follows:

1. To be eligible for Fresh Start, a student must:

  • Be re-enrolled in the college after an absence of years at least three calendar years excluding current term registered.
  • Have successfully completed any required DEV courses anytime during their college experience based
  • on an assessment of reading, language usage, writing and numerical skills. (NOTE: Although a student may

    have taken placement tests and completed DEV courses prior to their return, retesting may be appropriate

    for course placement based on student's current skills. Students should meet an academic advisor to discuss

    testing and course selection.)

  • Successful completion of a minimum of six credit hours after re-enrollment from absence with grades of
  • S, P, C or better. The following are examples of completion of the minimum first six credit hours. DEV

    courses do not count toward the 6 credit hours.

    Example 1 - 1st semester: 6 hours

    Example 2 - 1st semester: 3 hours; 2nd semester: 3 hours

    Example 3 - 1st semester: 12 hours

    Example 4 - 1st semester: 1st semester: 2 hours; 2nd semester: 3 hours; 3rd

    semester: 8 hours

  • Request in writing that the policy be applied and the cumulative GPA be recalculated.
  • 2. The policy can be applied only once and only to classes taken before re-enrollment. Once approved, the

    application of this apply against the student's record is irrevocable.

    3. After a student elects Fresh Start and eligibility is verified, a notation will be added to the student's transcript

    indicating that all Sinclair credit hours earned prior to policy enactment will be subject to the following


  • the previous cumulative GPA is recalculated based upon the elimination of D, F, and Z grades
  • credit earned at Sinclair with a grade of at least S, P, C or higher is carried over
  • credit earned at Sinclair with a grade of D is forfeited
  • grades from all course work taken at Sinclair will be shown on the transcript
  • 4. Fresh Start may not be applied to any course completed towards an awarded certificate or associate degree authorized by the Ohio Boards of Regents.

    Those students who feel that they may qualify for "Fresh Start" need to contact their academic advisor within their program of study. The advisor will determine if the criteria has been satisfied. If satisfied, the student will be told to fill out the petition; return the completed petition to their advisor for signatures. The counselor will forward the petition to the Registrar's Office to have the record adjusted. Please allow 2 to 3 weeks after completion of the petition to have the records adjusted.

    The academic transcript will show:

    The Fresh Start Policy has been applied for academic work taken at Sinclair prior to Term/Year.

    • Last Revised: 06/25/2013