UMKC Catalog


Academic Amnesty

The University of Missouri-Kansas City has an amnesty policy to enable those students who did not perform adequately in their undergraduate enrollment at UMKC to be given a second chance to pursue their undergraduate academic goals. The policy is as follows:


A student may apply for amnesty if s/he meets the following two requirements:

  • Has not been enrolled at UMKC at any time during the past two years
  • Applies for amnesty at the time of the application for readmission or before the end of the first semester of readmission if already readmitted


NOTE: Amnesty for prior terms at UMKC will not be considered for students who are enrolled or are enrolling at schools other than UMKC. Amnesty only applies to UMKC undergraduate courses and is not applicable to transfer work or graduate work. Only students who are readmitted at the undergraduate level at UMKC are eligible to apply for amnesty.


Amnesty will be implemented as follows:

  • Grades for ALL courses taken in the period of time for which amnesty is requested will be removed from the grade point average if the request is approved. The student may not choose specific courses.
  • The original grade will remain on the student’s transcript, but will be marked by an “X” preceding the grade. For plus/minus grades, the plus or minus will be dropped and the base grade will be used. For example, grades of A, B+, B, B-...F would be changed to XA, XB, ...XF. These hours and grades will remain on the transcript, but will not count toward cumulative hours nor GPA, nor can they be used to fulfill any degree requirements, regardless of the original grade.
  • A statement “Grades granted amnesty by faculty committee action” (or similar) will follow the last course on terms granted amnesty.
  • When amnesty is approved, changes to the transcript will be made after the fourth week of classes in the term in which the student re-enrolls. If the student withdraws before the end of that term, all course grades will be changed back to the grades that appeared prior to amnesty.
  • Students can receive amnesty at UMKC only one time (for one or multiple terms) in their lifetime.