A student may withdraw from a course without academic penalty and receive a grade of “W” during the first 60% of the semester or session. The date published as the “Last day to withdraw from class with a grade of W” for each semester or session is published in the current Schedule of Classes. Appropriate paperwork must be received and processed by the admissions and records office on or before the published deadline.
After that date, if a student withdraws or is withdrawn from a course, a grade of “F” will be assigned. Exceptions to this policy may be considered under mitigating circumstances, if the student was making satisfactory progress in the course when their attendance or participation ceased. Mitigating circumstances must be documented by the student in a formal written petition and submitted to the course instructor, and must be approved by the course instructor and academic dean. A copy of this documentation will be placed in the student’s academic file.
Note: Mitigating circumstances are defined as instances in which the student was unable to complete the course due to circumstances, such as serious illness, death in the immediate family, full-time employment, or shift change, or relocation outside the area.
Instructor Withdraw Policy
Any student who stops attending class or participating in an online class and has missed 20 percent or more of total instructional time through the published withdraw deadline for the session will be withdrawn by the instructor. Instructors may consider student requests to be retained in the class and should document when a student is retained in the class at his or her request.