Each semester there is a deadline for withdrawal from a course. This dated is listed in the academic calendar each term. On or before this deadline, a student may withdraw from any course by simply going to the Office of the Registrar to complete the process. Some students with specialized registration holds (athletes and international students, for example) need additional approvals before withdrawing from courses. Students should see their academic advisor for more information on this process.
Once the withdrawal deadline has passed, a student who desires to withdraw from a course must submit a petition for late withdrawal to the college that offers the course in question. Depending on the student’s registration in a given term, that may mean completing appeals to more than one college. For late withdrawals from courses in the College of Arts and Sciences, the student must submit the following:
By university rule, all appeals for late withdrawal must be completed within one semester after the student has taken the course. (Summer semester is not counted in this calculation. Spring courses must be petitioned no later than the last day of the following fall semester.)
In the College of Arts and Sciences, a faculty committee reviews appeals for late withdrawal. If the petition is approved, the information is forwarded to the Office of the Registrar and the grade(s) will then be changed to W(s). If the petition is denied the grade(s) will stand as entered by the faculty member.
To print out a copy of the appeal, please open the following pdf: CAS Appeal for Late Withdrawal
Additional forms to assist students may be accessed from the Office of the Registrar's site including: Application to Graduate (Bachelors/Masters), AA Application, Drop/Add Form, Grade Forgiveness, Transient Student, Transcript Request, and more.