Course Withdrawal

  • Effective Fall 2009, undergraduate students are limited to 18 units of recorded course withdrawals, i.e., where students receive "W" grades in the classes dropped.

    • Course withdrawals prior to fall 2009 will not contribute to this limit.

    • Classes taken through Open University will not contribute to this limit.

  • Students may drop classes during the first nine days of the term through BroncoDirect with no grade assigned.

  • Students may withdraw from classes from the tenth day of instruction through the twentieth day (fourth week) of instruction via BroncoDirect. W grades will be issued in the classes dropped starting the tenth day of instruction. Such withdrawals will contribute to the 18-unit limit.

  • Students with a serious and compelling reason to withdraw from one or more classes after the 20th day of instruction until the end of the twelfth week of instruction must receive permission via a Course Withdrawal Form. This is a change from the current policy of allowing this type of withdrawal through the end of the 8th week of instruction. Students who need to drop classes after the first nine days of the quarter because of illness or other problems of a serious nature beyond their control may request that such course withdrawals not contribute to the 18-unit limit. Withdrawals approved through the Retroactive Withdrawal Petition process will not contribute to the 18-unit limit.  

    • To make this request, students must submit a Request for Class Withdrawal for Serious and Compelling Reasons Form with the necessary approval signatures to the Registrar's Office.

    • Upon review of documentation substantiating the reason for class withdrawal is of serious nature beyond the student’s control, the College Dean may approve that such course withdrawals not contribute to the 18-unit limit. Such approvals will be indicated on the front of this form. These withdrawals will be indicated on the student’s unofficial transcript with a WX grade. (The WX grade will be converted to a W on official transcripts.)

    • In situations where the student has completed sufficient work in the class to permit the instructor to evaluate the student’s performance in the class, the student need not withdraw from the course, and the instructor may submit a grade on the class grade roster.

    • Approved requests for this type of withdrawal will be awarded a WX grade (The WX grade will be converted to a W on official transcripts.)

  • Withdrawals approved through the Retroactive Withdrawal Petition process will not contribute to the 18-unit limit.

  • (UPDATED) Withdrawing from a class and receiving a W grade is NOT considered a course repetition.  Such attempts will NOT be taken into account when determining how many times a student has taken a course, and in the calculation of the 28 semester unit course repetition limit.