Adding and Dropping Courses

Before classes begin, students who have registered may add or drop a course online as described in the Course Schedule. Students 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, they may add or drop a course with the approval of their graduate adviser and of the department in which the course is given. After the twelfth class day, a student may add a course only under rare and extenuating circumstances approved by the graduate dean.

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

Students may drop a course with the required approvals through the last class day of a semester or summer term. They receive 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, students may drop a course with no academic penalty; the symbol Q is recorded. If a student drops a course after that time, the instructor determines whether the symbol Q or a grade of F should be recorded.

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

Students should note that dropping a course may cause their 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.