Gaston College Allows Some Students to Omit Bad Grades

Mess up a course? No sweat, if you're at Gaston College.

The two-year institution near Charlotte, N.C., has a new "academic forgiveness" policy that allows students who are doing well in their course work to omit previous bad grades.

The policy, which Gaston officials hope will entice dropouts to re-enroll and current students to persevere, gives students a one-time opportunity to keep a semester of poor grades from counting toward their overall