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Dropping Courses

Withdrawal from a course or courses within the first eight weeks of the semester shall be without penalty and hours shall not be computed as hours attempted.

Withdrawal without penalty from a course or courses after the eight-week deadline but before the end of the semester shall be approved only for appropriate cause as determined by appropriate documentation of medical, psychological, or administrative reasons. A student should initiate a request for withdrawal without penalty from one or more causes through the Office of Student Academic Services. Courses of less than one semester's duration, including summer school courses, shall have shorter deadlines (proportional to the eight-week deadline for the regular semester) for withdrawal. These deadlines are announced in the Schedule of Courses or class syllabi.

The Director of Student Academic Services shall be responsible for authorizing these withdrawals after consultation with the instructor, and with the Director of the Student Health Center or the Director of the Counseling and Testing Center as appropriate, and shall further be responsible for notifying the instructor(s) and the appropriate Director in writing of the Director of Student Academic Services' decision in each case. An instructor whose recommendation to the Director is overruled may appeal that decision to the Provost. Unauthorized withdrawals after the first eight weeks shall be counted as WF and computed in the grade point average.

The grade W indicates that the student either withdrew from the course within the eight-week, no-penalty period or that the student withdrew at a later date for appropriate cause determined by medical, psychological, or administrative reasons.

If a student is enrolled in only one course and drops that course, the student is considered officially withdrawn from the University. See Withdrawal from the University.


Contact: University Registrar's Office
Registrar, UNCG, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170 (336) 334-5946

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