Adding and Dropping Courses

Before classes begin, a student who has registered may add or drop a course online as described in the Course Schedule. The student may also add or drop a course online during the first four class days of a long-session semester. From the fifth through the twelfth class day, he or she may add or drop a course with the approval of his or her graduate adviser and of the department in which the course is given. After the twelfth class day, the student may add a course only under rare and extenuating circumstances approved by the graduate dean.

In each summer-session term, the student may add or drop a course online during the first two class days. On the third and fourth class days, he or she may add or drop a course with the approval of his or her graduate adviser and of the department in which the course is given. After the fourth class day, the student may add a course only under rare and extenuating circumstances approved by the graduate dean.

A student may drop a course with the required approvals through the last class day of a semester or summer term. He or she receives a refund for courses dropped by the twelfth class day of a long-session semester or by the fourth class day of a summer term. From the thirteenth through the twentieth class day of a long-session semester, and from the fifth through the tenth class day of a summer term, the student may drop a course with no academic penalty; the symbol Q is recorded. If the student drops a course after that time, the instructor determines whether the symbol Q or a grade of F should be recorded.

If the student is in a warning status because of failure to maintain a grade point average of at least 3.00, he or she may not drop a course without the recommendation of the graduate adviser and the approval of the graduate dean.

The student should note that dropping a course may cause his or her course load to drop below that required for full-time status.

Specific deadlines for adding and dropping courses are given in the academic calendar; procedures are given in the Course Schedule.