Late-Drop Policy

The Late-Drop Policy is in place to protect the academic process. In order to drop a class after the established deadline, you must have clearly extenuating circumstances that prohibit you from completing a course.

Extenuating Circumstances

Extenuating circumstances may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Car accident
  • Sudden injury or illness (Doctor’s office/hospital documented)
  • Birth of a child
  • Death of a family member
  • Conditions of close friends (suicide, accident/injury)
  • Divorce (individual or parent)

Non-Extenuating Circumstances

Non-extenuating circumstances include the following:

  • You forgot to drop the course, or you were not aware of the course-drop policy.
  • You spent too much time on University extracurricular activities.
  • You wish to avoid a poor grade.
  • You are changing your major or transferring to another school.
  • You don’t need the course to graduate.

Procedure to Late Drop a Course

  1. You must submit a written request to the Dean of Students Office explaining your circumstances—an appointment is not necessary. Your written request must include your name, M-Number, and the course(s) to be dropped. You must substantiate your extenuating circumstances with documentation, such as receipts of your medical care or the recommendation of the course instructor, a residence hall counselor, or a counselor from Counseling Services.
  2. Your request will be reviewed by a committee. If you are granted preliminary approval, you will be given a form for both your instructor and academic advisor to sign.
  3. The form must be returned to the Dean of Students Office. Some advisors/instructors will send the form to the Dean of Students Office through campus mail, whereas others will expect the student to submit the form.
  4. Once the form is received, a final decision will be made. If final approval is granted, a grade of “W” will appear on your grade report and transcript.