Course withdrawal deadlines for all parts of term are posted on the academic calendar.
Students are permitted to withdraw from a course without academic penalty until the mid-term date listed in the academic calendar. For fractional credit courses that meet for the first- or second-half of term students are permitted to withdraw without academic penalty prior to the appropriate date listed in the academic calendar. The required course withdrawal form is available in the registrar’s office. Withdrawing from a course after the end of the drop/add period places a W on the transcript for the course. Students are cautioned to avoid a pattern of regularly accumulating W grades on their academic record. Withdrawals after the deadline are not permitted unless there are extraordinary circumstances (such as severe illness) that merit an exception. In those cases, a petition must be submitted to the administrative dean and approved by the Committee on Standards and Academic Standing (CSAS).
- First-year students normally may withdraw from courses only for reasons beyond their ability to predict or control and only with approval of the course instructor and faculty adviser. First-year students in the fall semester must also receive approval from their administrative dean to ensure appropriate mentorship and support.
- Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors may withdraw from courses only with the approval of the course instructor and faculty adviser. Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors are also encouraged to discuss the withdrawal with their administrative dean to ensure appropriate mentorship and support but are not required to obtain their permission.
- International students must receive approval from their administrative dean, in addition to their faculty advisor and course instructor, to withdraw from a course regardless of their class year because such decisions may affect visa eligibility.
- Student athletes must consult with the Director of Student-Athlete Academic Services, in addition to their faculty advisor and course instructor, when considering whether to withdraw from a class, as this decision may impact their NCAA athletic eligibility.
- Students receiving financial aid are limited to a total of 8 semesters of aid and should carefully consider how a withdrawal will impact their ability to complete their coursework within 8 semesters.
- Students on academic warning may withdraw from a course only for well-documented reasons and only with approval from their administrative dean, in addition to their academic adviser and course instructor.