UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH POLICY 09-01-07
CATEGORY: STUDENT AFFAIRS
SECTION: University Grading
SUBJECT: Course Withdrawal
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 29, 2005 Revised
This policy establishes regulations for course withdrawal and assignment of the
Withdrawal (W) grade.
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.
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.
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.
Instructors will not have the option of issuing a W grade even though a W will appear
as a grade selection on grade rosters.
Procedure 09-01-07, Course Withdrawal
Policy 09-05-08, Termination of Registration