Late Add and Drop Policy

Late Add and Drop Policy
Late Add and Drop Policy
Add and Drop dates are published each quarter in the schedule of classes and
in GET. Each set of dates informs professors and students of the appropriate
and ascribed conditions of adding or dropping classes.
• last day to add online,
• the time-period to use paper add forms with faculty and chair signatures
• the time-period to use paper add forms with the added necessity of a Dean’s
The drop dates signal three (3) major phases of the process.
1. When students can drop with a NO RECORD drop and receive varying
degrees of refund (without a record of drop “W”)
2. When students can drop WITH A RECORD OF DROP “W”,
3. When students can engage an Emergency Drop (claiming “extenuating
circumstances only, which requires instructor, department, chair and college
dean signatures on a Drop Request form; with accompanying letters of
support from faculty/or department chairs. During the Emergency Drop
period it is expected and assumed that the student is dropping all courses.)
It is imperative that instructors/professors and department chairs
acknowledge and support these abiding dates and regulations:
1. In terms of adds—it is imperative that faculty repeatedly inform students of
their need to register for courses that they are attending. Registration should
take place during the appropriate beginning of the quarter and before the 5th
week of classes in order for registrations to be included in the formal college
enrollment census.
2. In terms of drops during the Emergency Drop period--- it is imperative that
faculty and department chairs inquire about the specific conditions of
dropping at such a late period (usually in or after the 8th week of the quarter).
The EMERGENCY DROP period is designed to only assist those students who
have experienced hardships that have intervened in their ability to successfully
complete course work previous to and leading up to the moment of initiating the
The EMERGENCY DROP suggests that the intervening variables in the life of the
student have affected all of the student’s academic work that quarter—not just one
or two classes in a full schedule. Hence, the request to drop during this period is
assumed to be for the full course load for the quarter.
Students should not be easily allowed to drop a class during the Emergency
Drop period merely because they are failing a class.
Please Note: While we do not want our students to suffer unduly because of failing
work, the Emergency Drop period should not be used as a means of controlling
their grade point average (g.p.a.).
If faculty and department chairs wish to support a student dropping one or all of
their courses during the Emergency Drop period—a detailed letter (typed on
department letterhead) by the faculty of record or the department chair needs to
accompany the drop request when it arrives to the Offices of the Dean. [Please
also remember that such a detailed note of support is always necessary during the
Late Add and Late Drop periods.]
To help forestall the necessity of students attempting to drop courses during
the EMERGENCY DROP period, the Offices of the Dean suggest the
1. All faculty should provide students with the appropriate mechanisms to
monitor their grade status in the class. This could be accomplished through
including a list of all graded assignments and their point values on a Grade
Report Form (included on the syllabus and updated with any alterations) that
allows students to record each grade as they are earned. The Grade Report
Form should also include a defined mechanism that helps students to
determine their current grade based on all course work accomplished to the
point of evaluation. [In the most reductive sense, this might be an issue of
dividing the accumulated/earned points by the total possible points].
2. While Mid-Term examinations are not standard for all classes, it is
suggested that all faculty provide students with a mid-term grade. This is
particularly important in that the mid-term time period (variably determined
at the 5th, 6th. 7th week of the quarter) precede the formal drop deadlines.
Information regarding current grade status will assist students in making the
most appropriate and timely decisions regarding dropping classes.
3. Faculty and departments should get into the regular habit of informing (and
reminding) students of the official university Add/Drop periods.
As faculty, departments and a college—we must be engaged in an active
process of assisting students to make better decisions on their enrollment—both
adding and dropping in a timely fashion.
In a larger academic and professional sense, we do not do our students a service
in allowing them to drop classes at the end of the quarter because of their own
poor performances. If we assist and empower them to make better decisions
earlier, we also can hold them to a higher ethical standard of taking
responsibility for their own academic performance (which is inclusive of both
dropping classes in a timely fashion and accepting grades earned).
PLEASE NOTE: An Appeals Form is required if you are requesting a late add
after the enrollment period for the term; a drop after the emergency withdrawal
period; special requests after published deadlines in the quarterly Schedule of
Please see the following samples of the ADD FORM, DROP FORM and the
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