After the Add/Drop Deadline, students may no longer drop their courses, but it is possible, if they have the instructor's consent, to withdraw from them. A withdrawal records a "W" on the transcript. This is not an unsatisfactory grade, and so doesn't not impair academic standing. Withdrawals cannot be conducted online. Instead, submit the registration form with the instructor's signature. In lieu of a signature, you may attach to the form a print-out of an e-mail from the instructor - do not have the instructor e-mail the Registrar's Office directly. (Note: the instructor's permission is required even if the course has yet to begin.) The Registrar's Office will not process a withdrawal request submitted after the last day of the course.
Withdrawing results in either a partial or no refund of the course’s tuition depending on the date of the withdrawal. See the academic calendar for these deadlines.
As for adding courses, it is expected that all students complete their registration activity by the add/drop deadline (including for any courses that begin after this deadline). If serious extenuating circumstances occur, they may register after the deadline if they obtain the written approval of the instructor and their department/program chair. (These approvals do not guarantee that financial aid will be issued for the course’s tuition.) Students must submit to the Registrar’s Office a registration form with the instructor and student’s department/program chair’s signature and an attached explanation as to why an exception to the add deadline is warranted, the circumstances which caused the deadline to be missed, and the necessary steps that will be taken to avoid a similar occurrence in the future, and, if appropriate, supporting documentation such as a letter from a physician.