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. All requests for late drops must be submitted prior to the last day of regular instruction, i.e. end of week 14, for that semester.
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 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.
- You must submit a written request to the Dean of Students Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) explaining your circumstances—an appointment is not necessary. Your 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 from a health care provider. The documentation needs to point to your inability to continue with the course(s) or the inability to drop the course(s) prior to the deadline. All requests for late drops must be submitted prior to the last day of regular instruction, i.e. end of week 14, for that semester.
- Your request will be reviewed by a committee. During the review process, your instructor(s) and academic advisor may be contacted and requested to provide their input to the committee.
- Upon the decision of the committee, you will be notified via email.
- If final approval is granted, a grade of “W” will appear on your grade report and transcript.