Duquesne University School of Law

2.08 Treatment of Failing Grades

  1. Subject to the provisions in this Bulletin regarding Academic Dismissal, if a student receives a final grade of “F” in a course, the following rules shall apply:
    1. Required Courses: a student who receives a final grade of “F” in a required course, based on the professor’s assessment and grading of the quality of the student’s work, must retake the course when next offered. If the “F” is received in part one of a two-part required course, the student must repeat part one before taking part two of the course. If the “F” is in the Legal Research and Writing required curriculum, such student will be assigned to a different assignment sequence by the Registrar after consulting with the Director of the LRW Program. A student who receives a final grade of “F” in part one of a two-part required course, for reasons other than the quality of the student’s work, may be permitted to continue to part two of the course, with the approval of the student’s professor after consultation with the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs or the Director of the LRW Program, as applicable.
    2. Elective Courses: a student who receives a final grade of “F” in an elective course must retake the course when next offered or, if the course will not be offered in the next academic year, petition the Academic Status Committee to take a substitute elective course, or Directed Research on the same topic.
  2. If a student earns a passing grade after retaking a course under any of the provisions set forth in this section, the passing grade will appear on the student’s transcript beside the course in which the student received the “F.” The student will earn the credits for the retaken course, and only the passing grade will be included in the calculation of the student’s GPA. However, the original “F” will remain on the transcript with an “(E)” next to the “F.”
  3. A student who twice fails the same course shall be dismissed from the School of Law.