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Dropping Classes

Policy & Procedures

Withdrawal Policy:  

In some cases, your advisor may recommend that you seek late withdrawal from a course in which you expect to receive a low grade.  A student may drop a course with a grade of “W” until the two-thirds point of the semester, session, or course offering period.  The deadline for withdrawal from courses is on the  Important Dates page.

Late Withdrawal Policy: 

A student may request an exception to the withdrawal policy by submitting a “Petition for a Late W Grade”.  Exceptions to this policy may be entertained because of extraordinary non-academic circumstances.  Approval must be received from the instructor of the course, the department chair and the dean. Complete a petition form for Late Withdrawal after the deadline.

Dropping a Course

  • Dropping a Course with a 100% credit/refund; no grade recorded
    Students may drop a course online (RU Access), in person and by fax.  Those who are receiving financial aid (loans, grants, or scholarships) must obtain a financial aid officer’s signature on the add/drop form before submitting it to the Registrar’s Office.

    Dropping the course via RU Access may be completed only during the period in which there is still eligibility for a 100% tuition credit/refund.  Refer to the Refund/Credit Schedule on the Important Dates page for specific dates in the current term.  After the deadline listed in the schedule, the students may only drop the course in-person or via fax .  When the class is dropped by the 100% credit/refund deadline, no grade is posted to the student's record.

  • Dropping a Course with a partial credit/refund; "W" grade recorded
    After the deadline for the 100% credit/refund, students can no longer drop classes via RU Access.  It may only be done in person, via mail or fax. Students receiving financial aid (loans, grants, or scholarships) must obtain a financial aid officer’s signature on the add/drop form before submitting it to the Registrar’s Office.  A grade of "W" will be posted to the student’s record.