Students that habitually drop a significant fraction of their schedule
may lose the right to drop or may be dismissed from the university for
failure to make adequate academic progress.
Students are reminded that, should they desire to drop from all courses
in a given semester, such action constitutes withdrawal from the university.
(See Withdrawal/Resignation from the University).
To drop or add a class after the registration cycle, a Drop/Add form
must be completed. Forms are available in the advising offices.
Students may be dropped from a course for which they have not satisfied
Contesting a Drop
A student who believes he/she has dropped a course, but receives
a grade for that course at the end of the semester, has one calendar
year in which to bring a copy of the drop completed slip to the Office
of the Registrar to contest that grade.
Deadlines for Adding or Dropping a Class
Prior to the Census Day (12th class day) freshmen, new students,
and undeclared majors seeking to drop or add courses to their schedules
must first obtain permission from their academic advisor before performing
Students with declared majors may drop or add a course by submitting
a Drop/Add form to the Office of the Registrar. Any courses dropped
through Census Day will not show on the student’s transcript.
Students may not add courses after Census day without the consent
of the instructor and the Dean of Undergraduate Education.
Through the fourth class week, students may drop classes by completing
a drop form and having it signed by their academic advisor and course
instructor. A grade of “W” (withdrawn) will appear on
the student’s transcript.
During the fifth through ninth weeks of the semester, students who
submit a completed drop form will receive a grade of “WP”
(withdrawn passing) or “WF” (withdrawn failing) depending
on the student’s performance in the class. On the drop form
containing the advisor’s and instructor’s signatures,
the instructor is required to record the student’s academic
progress in the class to that point.
After the ninth week of class, a student may only drop a class for
The student should retain copies of all add and drop forms for at
least one year following the end of the semester in which the student
initiates a drop or add course action.
Students wishing to drop a class for nonacademic reasons must have
a drop form completed by the academic advisor and course instructor
and prepare a written petition detailing the nature of the request
and including verifying documentation. These documents must be submitted
to the Director of Undergraduate Student Advising (MP 2.240). The
Director will distribute the petition to three academic advisors who
will independently judge the validity of the request and return their
decisions to the Director. The Director will inform the student of
the outcome. If the petition is approved, the student will receive
a grade of “W” for the course, otherwise the student must
continue enrollment in the class. Therefore, it is extremely important
that students petitioning to drop a class continue to attend and perform
in the class until the petition request is resolved.