Withdrawing from a Course
- A student can withdraw from any course, for any reason, prior to the end of week 8 of the semester.
- The student’s advisor must complete and sign a Drop/Add/Withdrawal form and have the appropriate department chair approve the form. A grade of W, WP, or WF must be specified on the form.
- The approved form must be submitted to the Registrar. The Registrar confirms the withdrawal via email with the student, advisor, instructor, and chair.
- "Withdrawing from a course during the first four (4) weeks of a semester is considered dropping a course, and no record of the course appears on the student transcript. (See Add/Drop policy)."
- The grade of W appears on the student’s transcript for withdrawals prior to the end of week 8 in the semester, but does not affect the student’s GPA.
- After week 8, any student who withdraws from a course must have either a grade of WP (withdraw-passing), or WF (withdraw-failing) specified on the form, depending on the student’s grade in the course at the time of the withdrawal.
- The grade of WF is the same grade as an F and is factored into the student’s GPA as an F.
- A student can take a WP or WF until the end of the last day of classes in the semester.
- A student in an IP (In Progress) -granting class (EN0911, EN1011, EN1015, FY 1001, FY1011, MA0291, MA0392, MA1501) who chooses to withdraw after the 8th week of the semester will receive only a W on his or her transcript
- If a student has withdrawn from an IP course that student will not be able to receive the IP option the subsequent time he or she takes the course
- If a student drops the course during the drop period, this is not considered a withdrawal, and the student will maintain the option to take the class as an IP class.
Administrative withdrawals (AWs) follow the same schedule as standard withdrawals for assigning grades of W, WP, or WF. AWs should not be issued until the drop period ends.
- A significant difference between an AW and the standard withdrawal is that the course instructor initiates the AW, while a standard withdrawal is initiated by the student and advisor. An AW appears as a withdrawal on the transcript.
- Any students enrolled in an IP granting class ( EN0911, EN1011, EN1015, FY 1001, FY1011, MA0291, MA0392, MA1501) will receive a grade of W if administratively withdrawn from the course after week 8.
- Students Administratively withdrawn from an IP granting class will not be eligible for the In Progress grade on their subsequent enrollment in the class.
- Administrative withdrawals cannot occur during the last ten days of classes. Refer to the guidelines for administrative withdrawals for more information.
- The Registrar will supply the exact dates of the withdrawal period at the beginning of each semester.
Questions? Contact us for more information.
Jill Hinckley, M.A.T./English
Assistant Dean of Academics
Dr. Adrienne Major
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