Withdrawing From a Course

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Before withdrawing from a class, beware of the consequences.  Make sure you've talked to your instructor and advisor before making your decisions. Your instructor can provide valuable counsel on what it would take for you to successfully complete the course, and your advisor can review the university's course repeat policy to help you explore the benefits of completing the course.


Consequences of Withdrawing:

  •  It does not cancel tuition or fees.
  • You are still charged for courses from which you withdraw.
  •  It will affect you academically.
  • Withdrawing increases the cost of your education, lengthens your time to obtaining a degree, and creates additional periods of income loss while you make up lost credits.
  • Withdrawals result in one of the following on your academic record, as determined by your instructor:
  • "WP" Withdrawal with a passing grade earned to date
  • "WF" Withdrawal with a failing grade earned to date
  • "WN" Withdrawal never attended, or no graded work to date
  • Instructors can also deny the request, and you will still be registered for the course.
  •  It may affect your ability to participate in activities, programs or even stay in the U.S.
  • Many students, including student athletes, international students, scholarship recipients and others must maintain full-time status.


How to Withdraw:

You must obtain instructor approval to withdraw from classes.  To initiate the process, log into Academica, and go to the Student Resources menu.  Next, select Registration, and click on Course Withdrawal.  From there, select the course from your current schedule, identify the most applicable reason, and click SUBMIT, which will take you to the Confirmation page. The instructor will then assign the appropriate withdrawal mark. 

Having a hold does NOT prevent you from withdrawing from a class.  However, you will be ineligible to withdraw from a course if the withdrawal deadline has passed.  Check out the withdrawal dates for your courses by clicking on the "Course Ref. No." link next to your course on the Class Schedule Site.