Students are expected to complete the courses in which they register. If a change is necessary, it may be made only with the appropriate approvals as explained below.
ADD AND DROP PERIOD. Students may add courses using the enrollment system through the first 1/14th of the term of instruction (the 5th day of classes in the fall and spring semesters). Students may drop courses using the enrollment system through the middle of the term of instruction.
CHANGE OF OPTION FOR CR-NC (CREDIT-NO CREDIT) GRADING. Choice of the CR-NC grading system must be communicated by the student to the Office of the Registrar within the first 1/14th of the term of instruction (the 5th day of classes in the fall and spring semesters) and may not be changed after that date.
CHANGE OF OPTION FOR VISITOR. Choice of enrollment in a credit course as a visitor on a non-credit basis must be made no later than the first 1/14th of the term of instruction (the 5th day of classes in the fall and spring semesters) in the Office of the Registrar.
TO ADD A COURSE AFTER THE ADD AND DROP PERIOD. Normally, no course may be added after the designated period for adding courses. Any add after this period must be processed beginning with the department offering the course. Final approval rests with the associate dean of the student's college.
TO DROP A COURSE OR WITHDRAW FROM THE UNIVERSITY AFTER THE MIDDLE OF THE TERM OF INSTRUCTION. A student may drop a course or withdraw after the middle of the term of instruction only to correct errors in the enrollment or because of events of catastrophic impact, such as serious personal illness. If the student is passing the course, or there is no basis for assignment of a grade at the time of the drop, a W grade will be assigned. If failing, a 0.0 (or N in a P-N graded course) will be assigned. The course will remain on the student’s academic record.
Undergraduate Students: To initiate a late drop or withdrawal, the student must obtain approval from the office of the associate dean of his or her college or the Undergraduate University Division. Exceptions are James Madison College, Lyman Briggs College, the Residential College in Arts and Humanities, and students in Engineering who have been admitted earlier than 56 credits.
Graduate Students: To initiate a late drop or withdrawal, students must obtain approval from their advisor or major professor and their graduate program director.
DROPPING ALL COURSES. See the statement on Withdrawal from the University.