Academic clemency is a one-time, irrevocable recalculation of grade point average and credit hours toward graduation to be based only on work done after a prolonged separation from college. This provision is made for undergraduate students who have gained maturity through extended experience outside higher education institutions. Students must apply for clemency before the first day of classes of the semester they are re-entering.
In addition to the loss of grades and credits, students also forfeit the use of previous placement scores and prerequisites already completed.
Requirements to be satisfied by a student prior to requesting academic clemency are as follows:
1. Separation from all academic institutions for at least three years and then,
2. Formal application filed with the University Registrar Academic Clemency Form.
Upon approval by the University Registrar, the student will be granted academic clemency. The student's permanent record will remain a record of all work; however, the student will forfeit the use (for degree purposes at Arkansas State University-Beebe) of any college or university credit earned prior to the three years separation indicated above. The date of the clemency will coincide with the date of re-entry following the prolonged separation and the permanent record will note that a fresh start was made and the date of the fresh start. The record will also carry the notation, "Academic Clemency granted - (date of fresh start)."