Drop vs. Withdraw
Students who drop classes by the drop deadline incur no financial obligation or grade for those classes. After the drop deadline, students may withdraw from classes and a financial obligation is incurred. Note: Students are NOT dropped from classes for nonpayment of tuition.
Withdrawal from classes occurs after the deadline to drop classes. Drop and withdraw dates for each term are available at the web sites of the Office of Finance and the Office of the Registrar (Academic Calendars). Complete information on withdrawing from classes is available in the University Catalog. Students who withdraw through the 10th week of classes are encouraged to contact their instructor, advisor, and financial aid counselor to discuss the implications of withdrawing.
The grades of "W" and "WF" on a student's academic transcript indicate withdrawal from a course as follows:
- After the first 7 calendar days of the semester and through the end of the 10th week of a regular semester (or its equivalent for nonsemester courses), a student may withdraw from any course with a grade of "W" assigned. The "W" grade is not computed in a student's GPA.
During this withdraw period, no instructor signature is required and the withdrawal may usually be accomplished via LEO Online, or by submitting a completed Drop/Add/Withdraw Form to the Office of the Registrar (Distance Learning students may submit the form to the Site Director or the Office of Distance Learning).
Students with financial or other registration holds will not be able to withdraw online and must submit the Drop/Add/Withdraw Form (by the published withdraw deadlines) to the Office of the University Registrar. Distance Learning students may also submit the form to the Site Director or the Office of Distance Learning to be withdrawn from a course or courses.
Students who withdraw from classes by any method should verify the withdrawal in LEO Online (Registration History).
After the 10th week of a regular session (or its equivalent in a nonsemester course), the student must submit a written petition for permission to withdraw (Request for Exception -- Permission to Withdraw After Midterm
) to the instructor and the chair of the department offering the course. Two signatures are required.
If permission is granted by both, a grade of "W" will be recorded when the form is presented to the Office of the University Registrar. If permission is not granted by both, the student will not be allowed to withdraw from the course. Any appeal of decisions should be brought to the dean of the college offering the course. The Request for Exception must be submitted by the last day of classes for a term.
A student who stops attending classes without officially withdrawing will receive a grade of "WF" except if the student's performance has been an "F", in which case a grade of "F" will be assigned.
The grade of "WF" will carry no points, but will be computed in the student's grade point average.
Non-attendance does not relieve students of the financial responsibility for tuition charges after they are registered for a class.