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Extended-X Policy

The Extended-X policy is sometimes referred to as the “X” policy or the “Grade Replacement” or the “GPA Re-Calculation” policy. In brief, eligible students can use the Extended-X policy to remove a grade from the calculation of the IU cumulative GPA. Under this policy, the grade is not removed from the IU transcript; instead, an X is placed next to the initial grade on the transcript.

If you are considering retaking a course and Xing a previous grade, consult with your assigned University Division Academic Advisor before enrolling to retake the course and petitioning to apply the Extended-X policy.

For more information on the policy read the official Extended-X policy statements provided on the website of the Office of the Registrar.

  • Extended-X Policy rules

    • You may retake any course in which you earned a grade lower than an “A” and apply the Extended-X policy to that course.
    • You may apply the Extended-X policy to no more than three courses, totaling no more than 10 credit hours.
    • You may apply the Extended-X policy only once to any given course.
  • Petition to apply the Extended-X Policy

    To submit a petition, go to the OVPUE Records office in Maxwell Hall room 028. You must be currently enrolled in the course before you can submit a petition to apply the Extended-X Policy to it.

    An X petition can be submitted any time before you graduate.  However, we recommend that you submit your X petition before the end of the semester you are re-taking the course.  If you've already completed the course for the second time and neglected to file an X petition, you may file your petition now.

  • Extended-X Policy restrictions

    The grade may or may not be removed from the calculation of the school or major GPA; some schools do not use the Extended-X policy when calculating the school (internal) GPA. The internal GPA is used to determine such things as admission, graduation, and completion of requirements. See the chart below for details and talk with your assigned University Division (or UD-affiliated) academic advisor if you have any questions.

    COLL WILL NOT recalculate the internal GPA
    BUS WILL NOT recalculate the internal GPA
    SCS WILL recalculate the internal GPA
    DENT IUN and IUSB: WILL recalculate the internal GPA. IUSD (IUPUI): WILL NOT recalculate the internal GPA. IPFW: Contact program.
    EDUC WILL recalculate the internal GPA
    SPH WILL recalculate the internal GPA. EXCEPTION: Kinesiology – Sport Marketing and Management: For repeated courses, the highest grade (with or without an X) will be used in the computation of the prerequisite average GPA.
    INFO WILL NOT recalculate the internal GPA
    JOUR WILL NOT recalculate the internal GPA
    LSTU WILL recalculate the internal GPA
    MED WILL NOT recalculate the internal GPA. For admission purposes, the school will allow up to 15 credit hours of retakes of admission prerequisite courses and will recalculate the admission GPA using only the highest grades.
    MUS There is no separate internal GPA.
    NURS There is no separate internal GPA. We allow students to use the EX policy to replace any grade (but encourage them to use it mainly for grades below a C). There is no limit on how many times a student can retake a course to improve their grades (in any cluster) as long as they got a C or above in the first attempt. However, if the student received a grade of C- or below in the first attempt, they can only retake three of the required application courses (this applies to Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Finite Math, English Composition, Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Sociology). Only two of the repeats can be a C/A/S Cluster course. There is a lot of confusion between “retaking a course to improve the grade” vs. “repeating a course because the first grade was C- or below.” There are so many variables, it is best to contact Deborah Hrisomalos or Eric Beckstrom (call (812) 855-1873 to schedule an appointment) with questions.
    OPT TOPT: WILL recalculate the internal GPA
    SPEA WILL recalculate the internal GPA
    SWK WILL recalculate the internal GPA