UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH POLICY 09-01-07

CATEGORY:              STUDENT AFFAIRS
SECTION:                  University Grading
SUBJECT:                 Course Withdrawal
EFFECTIVE DATE:   August 29, 2005 Revised
PAGE(S):                   1

I.    SCOPE

      This policy establishes regulations for course withdrawal and assignment of the

      Withdrawal (W) grade.

II.   POLICY

      A student may drop all courses before the end of the add/drop period for the term or

      session by processing an Add/Drop form.  After the end of the add/drop period, but

      before the deadline for resignation, a student must resign through the Student Appeals

      office.  All students may resign up to the 60% point (in time) of the term or session.

      R grades will be issued for all courses in the term or session of resignation.  See

      Policy 09-05-08, Termination of Registration.

      Term/Session Withdrawal

      After the deadlines for processing a resignation through Student Accounts, a student

      may withdraw from all classes only with the permission of their academic dean or

      campus president.  If the reason for the withdrawal is medical or psychological in

      nature, the academic dean may consult with the Director of the Student Health Services

      prior to making a determination.

      It is the responsibility of the academic center to notify the Office of the Registrar of all

      approved Term/Session Withdrawals to ensure assignment of the W grade.

      Monitored Withdrawal

      Students may withdraw from an individual course after discussion with, and approval

      from, their course instructor, or with the written approval of the academic dean of the

      school in which the course is offered or the campus president, after the end of the

      add/drop period and prior to the times identified below:

             Term: By the end of the ninth (9th) week of the term
             12 week session: By the end of the eighth (8th) week of the 12 week session
             6 week session: By the end of the fourth (4th) week of the 6 week session
             4 week session: By the end of the third (3rd) Wednesday of the 4 week session

      After the period identified above, a student will be permitted to withdraw from an

      individual course only in extraordinary circumstances and with the permission of the

      academic dean or campus president.

      It is the responsibility of the academic center to submit a Monitored Withdrawal Request form

      to the Office of the Registrar to ensure assignment of the W grade.  See Procedure

      09-01-07, Course Withdrawal.

      Withdrawal Grade

      Instructors will not have the option of issuing a W grade even though a W will appear

      as a grade selection on grade rosters.

III.  REFERENCES

      Procedure 09-01-07, Course Withdrawal

      Policy 09-05-08, Termination of Registration