Dropping a Course

Dropping a Course

During the Fall and Spring semesters there is a nine-week drop period beginning with the first day of classes. Within the first week of this period—i.e., the first five days of classes—a student is allowed to drop courses without either academic or financial penalty. Within the last eight weeks of this period—i.e., weeks two through nine—a student is allowed to drop courses without academic penalty. Note that there is no refund or adjustment of charges if a course is dropped after the first five days of classes. A student who holds a North Carolina Tuition Scholarship must pay back the prorated remission or award if that student withdraws from courses.

After the nine-week period a course can only be dropped for exceptional circumstances and with the approval of the instructor, the Department Chair, and the Dean of the college/school housing the department. Courses that required Graduate School approval to enroll also require Graduate School approval to be dropped. A drop approved for exceptional circumstances will not be computed in the grade-point average.

A course not officially dropped will receive a grade of "F" or "U"; the "F" will be computed in the grade-point average if the course is listed on the student's approved Program of Study. The drop periods for the summer terms are much shorter due to the accelerated schedule and are available from the Registrar's Office.