Dropping vs. Withdrawing From Classes

Dropping: Students may drop from class during the official drop/add period at the beginning of each semester. This process occurs online. At the end of the semester, no official record of the student having been in the class exists.

Withdrawal: Students may withdraw online from courses before the designated withdrawal date. A grade of "W" will appear in the student's official records.

Before the Designated Withdrawal Date

Students may withdraw from courses following the drop/add period until approximately one week after midterm by completing the online withdrawal process on BANNER. A grade of "W" will appear in the student's official records if the student has withdrawn five or fewer times per the Limited Withdrawal Policy. For the sixth and each subsequent withdrawal that counts under this policy, students will receive a grade of “WF.” However, a student may not exercise this right to withdraw to avoid sanction for academic dishonesty. Instructors may assign a “W” on the proof roll for students not attending class. It is the responsibility of the student to complete the withdrawal process. A withdrawal is official when it is received and processed by the Office of the Registrar.

After the Designated Withdrawal Date

Students will not be allowed to withdraw after the designated withdrawal date as published in the school calendar as required by Board of Regents’ policy; however, students may petition an exception to the Board of Regents’ withdrawal deadline for cases of hardship by completing a petition for withdrawal form available in the Office of Centralized Advising. The petition will become a permanent part of the student’s file. If the petition is approved, the instructor may assign a grade of “W” or “WF” after mid-term. Note that “WF” is calculated in the grade point average the same as “F.” Any student who discontinues class attendance after midterm and does not officially withdraw may be assigned a grade of “F.” No fee adjustment will be made for withdrawals except as outlined in the Refunds and Withdrawals Policy. The Office of Student Financial Services will receive a copy of the withdrawal form for refunding if applicable.

WARNING: Students receiving financial aid should be aware that withdrawal from courses may affect continued financial aid eligibility. If students do not pass 67% of attempted classes during the calendar year (attempted classes include those from which students have withdrawn), they could lose their financial aid. Refer to the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy on the Financial Aid website for additional information.