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Class Schedule Modification

Adding a Course

Prior to the start of a semester or term, a student may add a class via the registration tools online.  In general, no prior approval is required.

Beginning the first day of the semester or term through the end of the fifth class day of the semester or term (or, in the case of a short course beginning later in the semester, through the second class meeting of the course), a student may add a course via an Add Drop form, which can be downloaded from the Office of the Registrar's web site.  Approval from the student's dean's office is required to complete the add.


Dropping a Course (Other Than a Complete Withdrawal)

Prior to the start of a semester or term, a student may drop a class via the registration tools online.  In general, no prior approval is required.

Beginning the first day of the semester or term through the end of the 10th class day of the semester or term (or, in the case of a short course beginning later in the semester, through the second class meeting of the course), a student may drop a course via an Add Drop form, which can be downloaded from the Office of the Registrar's web site.  Approval from the student's dean's office is required to complete the drop. 

Drops that occur after the start of the semester or term affect the student's transcript differently depending on the point of time within a semester.  The following definitions explain the beginning and end of each drop period.

Drop Period

  • For fall and spring semesters, the drop period is the first through the 10th day of the semester.
  • For summer, the drop period is the first meeting date of the class through the following business day.
  • For January terms, the drop period is the first and second day of the term.

Drop-with-W Period

  • For fall and spring semester, the drop-with-W period is the day following the drop period through the fifth day following the semester midpoint.
  • For summer, the drop-with-W period is the day following the drop period of the class to the midpoint of the class.
  • For January terms, the drop-with-W period is the day following the drop period through the midpoint of the term.

A drop that occurs before or within the drop period will result in no coursework appearing on the student's transcript for that course for that semester.

A drop that occurs during the drop-with-W period will result in the administrative mark of "W" (Withdrawal) on the student's transcript for that course for that semester. 

A student may drop a course after the drop-with-W period only if the instructor and/or dean's office finds extenuating circumstances that would make the drop appropriate, in which case the administrative mark of "W" is officially recorded.  In cases where extenuating circumstances were not identified, the instructor of the course will be responsible for assigning the grade earned by the student in that course.


Complete Withdrawal (Dropping All Courses in a Semester or Term)

A student may withdraw from the University at any time during the semester, up to the completion or submission of the final work of the course(s), by submitting a request in writing to the dean (or the dean's designee) of the college or school in which the student is enrolled.

A. Complete withdrawals that occur within the drop period of the semester will result in no coursework appearing on the student's transcript for the respective semester.

B. Complete withdrawals that occur within the drop-with-W period will result in the mark of "W" (Withdrawal) on the student's transcript for the respective semester's coursework.  The "W" is not used in the calculation of the grade point average.

C. Complete withdrawal requests submitted after the drop-with-W period will be considered late withdrawal requests and must document the extenuating circumstances that form the basis for the request, such as a serious illness or a family emergency.

  • Authorized late complete withdrawals will have the same result as B above.
  • Unauthorized late withdrawals may lead to a mark of "WU", which is counted as an "F" in the grade point average calculation.  In the case of an unauthorized withdrawal:
    1. If the last date of academic activity is determined to be within the drop period, the result will be the same as in item A above.
    2. If the last date of the academic activity is determined to be within the drop-with-W period, the result will be the same as item B above.  The "W" cannot be removed from a student's transcript upon subsequently repeating the course.
    3. If the last date of academic activity is determined to be after the drop-with-W period, the instructors of record will determine if a mark of "WU" (Unauthorized Withdrawal) or letter grade will be assigned.  The "WU" is calculated as an "F" in the grade point average.  The "WU" cannot be removed from a student's transcript upon subsequently repeating the course; however, its calculation as an "F" may be removed from the student's grade point average.

Individual colleges and schools may have additional academic regulations that are stated under the “Specific Regulations” of that college or school in the catalog. Information on the academic regulations of the Drake University Law School appears in the Law School Student Handbook at the Law School web site.  Financial implications are not in the purview of the academic colleges and schools.  Attendance records will be used to verify attendance dates.


Financial Adjustments Based on Enrollment Changes (Other Than Complete Withdrawals)

Tuition Adjustments

A reduction of credit hour enrollment within the time specified for dropping without a mark of ‘W’ for the term length and type of course may occur without tuition penalty. After the “no W drop date”, a change from full-time to part-time status or a reduction in credit-hour enrollment, other than a complete withdrawal, will not change tuition charges. For example, a student enrolled full-time will receive no tuition adjustment if he or she drops below full-time enrollment after the “no W drop date.” Tuition adjustments for increased enrollment continue throughout the term.

Financial Aid Adjustments

Financial aid may be adjusted until the “no W drop date” based upon changes in enrollment and changes in tuition and fees. Eligibility for financial aid for increased enrollment is not automatically calculated with an enrollment change. Please contact the Office of Student Financial Planning to discuss changes in enrollment and financial aid eligibility.

A student who withdraws from courses, repeats courses, receives incompletes in courses or takes noncredit courses may not be able to complete the number of credit hours required for satisfactory progress; therefore, the student may be jeopardizing his/her financial aid by withdrawing from or repeating courses, receiving incompletes in courses or taking noncredit courses.

A student may withdraw from the University at any time during a semester, up to and including the last day of class, by obtaining the consent of the dean of the college or school in which the student is enrolled. The application for withdrawal must document the extenuating circumstances that form the basis for the requested withdrawal, such as a serious illness or a family emergency.

Upon approval of the withdrawal, the student’s transcript records the courses in which the student was enrolled that semester. If the student leaves the University without obtaining the consent of the dean of the student’s college or school, the student’s transcript records the courses in which the student was enrolled that semester and the grades assigned by the instructors.

Students who are working to pay all or most of their expenses in college are advised not to carry more than 12 credit hours each semester. Students who are below a 2.00 G.P.A. for the previous semester may be required, at the discretion of the dean of the college or school, to carry proportionately reduced programs.

Individual colleges and schools may have additional academic regulations that are stated under the “Specific Regulations” of that college or school in the catalog. The academic regulations for graduate students are stated in the Graduate Catalog. Information on the academic regulations of the Law School may be obtained by writing to the dean of the Law School.

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