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Dropping or Adding Courses

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).

Dates and time limits for schedule changes can be found in the Comet Calendar under the academic section.

To drop or add a class after the registration cycle, a Drop/Add form must be completed. Forms are available in the advising offices.

Administrative Drop

Students may be dropped from a course for which they have not satisfied the prerequisites.

Drop Appeal Procedures

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 provide documentable proof of the processed drop to the Office of the Registrar to appeal that grade.

Deadlines for Adding or Dropping a Class

Beginning the first day of class through the last day to add a class, students may add a class with the instructor and advisor's signature. Similarly, dropping a course will require an advisor's signature for freshmen and undeclared/undecided students. Please see the Comet Calendar under academic section for specific deadlines.

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 A grade of “W” (withdrawn) will appear on the student’s transcript.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the fifth through ninth weeks of the semester, students who submit a completed drop form will receive a grade of “WP” (withdrawn passing) or “WF” (withdrawn failing) depending on the student’s performance in the class.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 nonacademic reasons.

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.

Non-academic Drops

Non-academic drop petitions can be submitted anytime during a semester. Students wishing to drop a class for nonacademic reasons must 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.

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