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Academic Difficulties

Steps You Can Take

If you are having academic difficulties, the first thing you should do is meet with your professor during his or her office hours. UNCW is a teaching-oriented university and our professors pride themselves on their excellent rapport with students. They want you to succeed!

Talk with your professor as soon as possible to discuss your questions and concerns. Your professor will probably have some suggestions for you about how to study the material and what to emphasize. If you have recently taken a test or a quiz, you can ask whether he or she would be willing to go over some of the questions you got wrong.

You can also talk to your academic advisor about the many resources on campus that are available to you.

Resources on Campus

Course Repeat Policy

Students who receive a grade below a "C" (2.00) in a course taken at UNCW may repeat the course at UNCW. For the first three different courses repeated, the previous grade and hours of credit for the repeated course will not be used in calculating the student's grade point average and hours toward graduation. All grades shall remain on the student's transcript.
**Note if you began attending UNCW before Fall 2012, you can repeat up to 5 classes for a grade replacement

In interpreting the policy it is to be understood that:

  • the term "first three times" means
    • that the policy is automatically operative for a student the first time that the student repeats a course, and
    • that the three repeats involve three different courses;
  • a student may go beyond three course repeats, but such repeats will not enjoy the privilege of the policy;
  • all students will be able to enjoy the benefits of this policy irrespective of prior course repeat activity;
  • this policy does not govern the repeating of graduate courses (see the Graduate Catalogue for the appropriate policy).

Students enrolled in a special topics course for a grade replacement must enroll in the same topic for which they originally received an unsatisfactory grade. Grades earned in repeated courses will not be used to replace grades earned as part of a degree once it has been conferred.

Note: A failing grade received owing to admitted or adjudicated academic dishonesty shall not be replaced if the course is repeated. Both the penalty grade and the new grade shall appear on the student's transcript and count in the student's grade point average. A student may not appeal the policy stated in this paragraph to any faculty or administrative level.