Withdrawal Procedures & Deadlines

Course Withdrawal

Procedure

From the end of the add/drop period until 75% of the term or session has passed (November 14th), a Course Withdrawal form must be completed by the student. Students should obtain both instructor's and advisor's signatures and submit form to the Office of the Registrar. Grades of "W" are issued for withdrawals and do not affect the student's grade point average, though they may affect financial aid.

Deadline

Except in unusual circumstances, and with the approval of the Assistant Provost for Academic Services, a student may not withdraw from a course after the November 14th deadline. Students can also see the Drop and Withdrawal deadline for any class by clicking on the Calendar icons on their MaineStreet Class Schedule. 

Requests for Exceptions

Students requesting permission to withdraw from a course after the final withdrawal deadline must submit a letter to the Assistant Provost for Academic Services explaining the extenuating circumstances which prevented the student from withdrawing by the November 14th deadline. This letter should be submitted with the Course Withdrawal form described above. In cases of medical emergency, a letter from the attending physician should also be attached. The Assistant Provost for Academic Services may approve or deny this request.

Semester Withdrawal or Withdrawal from the University

Students intending to withdraw from all classes for a given semester must complete the appropriate section of an official Semester Withdrawal form, whether or not they intend to return the following semester. Students intending to return must obtain their advisor's signature, while those who do not intend to return must meet with the Academic Advising Coordinator (Advising Center, second floor of Powers Hall). Withdrawal forms and all attachments should be submitted to the Registrar's Office, who will forward to the Assistant Provost for Academic Services for a decision, if necessary.

Students who leave classes/university and do not complete an official withdrawal form are liable to suffer academic penalties (i.e. failing grades and ultimate suspension or dismissal). Students desiring to withdraw after the November 14th deadline should attach a letter as described above to the withdrawal form.

Semester withdrawal results in grades of "W" in all courses that have not already been graded for that semester.

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