During registration and up through the first five days of classes, students may drop and add classes without penalty. The drops will not appear on the student's permanent academic record, and the student will be eligible for a full refund of fees.
Between the second and tenth week of classes (except for Summer sessions -see the Summer Schedule of Classes for dates), students may petition to add classes and may continue to drop classes over the phone. These drops will appear on the student's record as a "W" (withdrawal) grade. W's do not affect the GPA. The student is liable for registration fees for these courses but may petition for a fee waiver. Fee waivers are reviewed by the Office of the Registrar and are seldom granted except in cases of emergency or university error.
Withdrawing after the Drop-Add Period
In extenuating circumstances, students can still drop classes after the extended drop-add period. These drops will appear on the student's record as a "W" (withdrawal) grade, and the student is liable for registration fees for these courses (but may petition for a fee waiver).
The late drop process requires an ARC (Academic Regulations Committee) Petition and an Instructor's Statement Form. (Both forms are available online or in the office of Student Services and Advising, FAH 120.) A fee refund request may be submitted to the Office of the Registrar.
Withdrawal from the University
During the first week of the term, students may withdraw from the University completely without affecting his or her academic record and with a full refund of fees. A student withdrawing from the University during the first nine weeks of the fall or spring terms (summer deadlines are listed in class schedules) will receive "W's" for all classes, and are liable for fees. Students may, with full documentation, request a fee waiver.
For a full withdrawal, a Withdrawal Form must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar.