Fresh Start Policy

The Fresh Start Policy is designed to help Miami University students return to good academic standing after an absence of at least two calendar years. Students who have been academically suspended or dismissed are eligible for Fresh Start. Other students who left the University without being suspended or dismissed and who have a cumulative GPA below 2.00 may petition their divisional committee of advisers for Fresh Start after a two-year absence if they believe their past academic record suffered due to extenuating circumstances. Credit earned from other institutions during the two-year period, beginning with the student’s first term of non-enrollment at Miami, will not be accepted for transfer credit.

When students are suspended or dismissed for academic reasons, the University Registrar's Office will inform them about re-enrollment opportunities, including the Fresh Start option. The University Registrar's Office will inform any suspended or dismissed student being re-admitted following a two-year continuous absence that they may apply for Fresh Start status. A request for Fresh Start status must be submitted to the student’s academic division within one year of re-enrollment and applies only to courses taken before re-enrollment.

  1. After Fresh Start status is approved, a notation will be added to the student’s academic record indicating that all Miami University credit hours earned prior to re-enrollment will be subject to the following conditions: Courses taken prior to Fresh Start are excluded from the cumulative grade point average calculation, and the student starts with a new cumulative grade point average.
  2. Credit earned at Miami with a grade of less than a C (2.00) is forfeited.
  3. Grades from all coursework taken at Miami University will be used in calculating eligibility for graduation with honors.

Students choosing to re-enroll under the Fresh Start policy are subject to the academic regulations in effect at the time of their re-entry. Fresh Start students must re-declare their major or majors, or re-apply for admission to the major if admission is required and must complete all current academic requirements. Fresh Start status is applicable only to associate and baccalaureate degrees and may be granted only one time. Following re-enrollment, students opting for Fresh Start must complete at Miami a minimum of 50 percent of the total hours required for their degree program. Fresh Start status will be recorded on the student’s academic record as follows: "(Date) Fresh Start Approved. New Grade Point Average Established." Catalog year is changed to reflect the first term of re-enrollment after the term of Fresh Start is established.

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