Dropping a Course

Things to Consider Before Dropping a Course:

  1. Students may NOT drop their Freshman Seminar (FSEM) or their Writing course (ENGL 100, ENGL 101, or ENGL 109).

  2. Students may NOT drop a course online via My Stetson after the first week of classes. Use the paper Change of Registration form. The form must be signed by the student's adviser. The procedure is described at the bottom of this page.

  3. Financial aid may depend on the number of credits student are registered for so they should check with a counselor in the Student Financial Planning Office in Griffith Hall prior to executing the drop.

  4. Students in the School of Music need at least 120 credits to graduate, and so must complete an average of 30 credits per year in order to earn a degree in four years. Students in the College of Arts & Sciences need at least 32 units to graduate, and must complete an average of 8 units (32 credits) per year in order to earn a degree in four years. Students in the School of Business need at least 33 units to graduate, and must complete an average of 8.25 units (33 credits) per year in order to earn a degree in four years.

  5. Priority in registration is determined by a studentís classification, which in turn is determined by the total number of credits earned. Students are classified as first-year until they have earned 27 credits (6.75 units), sophomores until they have earned 60 credits (15 units), and juniors until they have earned 90 credits (22.5 units).

  6. If the course is in the studentís major, the student should make sure that he or she can complete the major in a timely fashion if the course is taken at a later date. Special attention needs to be paid to courses that are prerequisites for other courses in the major.

  7. Student athletes must maintain a 12 credit (3 unit) load and maintain satisfactory progress toward their degree to be eligible to practice and compete under NCAA rules. See NCAA Rules for Student-Athletes for a summary of the rules. It is a good idea for athletes to consult with the athletic department prior to dropping a course.

 

Dropping Without Financial Penalty:

The only students concerned with this are the ones paying on a per-credit basis and those who might lose financial aid because they are decreasing their load below 12 credits (3 units). The deadline is very soon after the start of the term; check the Academic Calendar for the exact date. The cost of the course will be credited and the course will not appear on the studentís transcripts for that term.

 

Dropping Without Academic Penalty:

Dropping a course without academic penalty means that the course will not appear on the studentís transcripts for that term, and it has no effect on the studentís GPA. Students may drop a course without academic penalty until some time shortly after mid-term; check the Academic Calendar for the exact date.

 

Late Drop:

No class may be dropped during the last two weeks of classes.

Permission to drop a course after the official Drop Period and the before the last two weeks of classes is rarely granted. The student must provide an unusually compelling justification, such as a documented medical illness which intensified as the semester progressed. A Late Drop is requested using a form that may be obtained in the Registrar's Office. The form requires the signatures of the academic adviser and the Dean of the College or School offering the course. If the Late Drop is approved, the student's transcript will show the course with a notation of X or XF, depending on the student's standing at the time of the request. The XF is counted as an F in the calculation of the studentís GPA, while an X has no effect on GPA. The Course Exclusion option may be used to remove the negative impact of a grade of XF on the GPA.

 

Procedure

Changes may be made on the Web up until the end of the Add Period. For instructions, go to Advance Registration on the Web.

Changes may be made at any time by filling out a paper Change of Registration form. The form can be obtained in the Office of the Registrar. Have your adviser sign the form. If the official drop period has expired, then you will need the Dean's signature authorizing a late drop. Return the form to the Office of the Registrar.


Revised: 08/20/13