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Dropping Classes

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Dropping a Class
Dropping_a_Workshop
Drop Fee
Requesting Approval to Drop a Class after the Deadline
Faculty-Initiated Withdrawals
Withdrawal Policy
Administrative Withdrawal Policy



Registration Deadline Dates

Boise State University’s Academic Calendars list all of the registration deadline dates for the current catalog year. The calendar specifies the policy deadlines, by semester and session, for the following: registration, adding and dropping classes, and withdrawals. You are strongly encouraged to familiarize yourself with these calendars, especially the Deadlines by Session table, as you will be held accountable for meeting these deadlines.


Dropping a Class

You may drop regular session classes from your schedule on myBoiseState through the tenth week of the semester (see the Academic Calendar for the exact deadline). If you drop a regular session class before the 10th day of the semester, the class will not appear on your transcript. However, if you drop a regular session class after the 10th day, your transcript will show a grade of W (for withdrawal) for that class. Grades of W will not be used in GPA calculation (see Withdrawals for the maximum number of grades of W you can accrue). Workshops, short courses, five-week, and eight-week block courses have different deadline dates. See the Academic Calendar Deadlines by Session table in this catalog for the exact deadline.

Note

The university has placed limits on the number of times you may enroll in a course. For more information, see Grades.

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If you intend to drop a class in which you have been issued university property—such as uniforms, instruments, or lab equipment—you must return the property before dropping the class. If you fail to do so, the department will place a hold on your record and could have you reinstated in the class.



Rules for Dropping a Workshop

Workshops have special deadlines. Special Session 1 (SP1) is typically utilized for workshop or special event courses that span four days or fewer. This will allow students to add up until the day before the class begins and drop with a W one day before the class ends. If the class is dropped the last day, the drop will result in a grade of F.

Special Session 2 (SP2) is used to schedule courses that fall outside of standard predefined sessions (e.g., 1st 8-week, 2nd 5-week), and that span 5 days or more. This will allow the student to add through the first day of class and drop with a W through the day after the first day of class. The last date to drop with a W varies by course, and students are strongly encouraged to access their Class Schedule on myBoiseState and click on the Deadline link for the specific class to confirm the final penalty date.

To enroll in a workshop that is full and has not started yet, you must submit a Registration Override Form, with the instructor’s signature, to the Registrar’s Office, Administration Building, Room 110, (208) 426-4249, no later than the day before the workshop starts. Workshops do not have permission numbers.



Drop Fee

You are expected to finalize your class schedule at the beginning of each term.  Dropping unwanted courses as the semester begins allows other students the opportunity to add the courses they need. You will have the opportunity to attend the first class session to make a decision to stay enrolled or drop before a $10 drop fee per course is charged. The drop fee deadlines vary by session. (See the Academic Calendar for the exact deadline.)



Requesting Approval to Drop a Class after the Deadline

If you need to drop a class in a current semester after the drop deadline for the session, but before the session ends, you must submit an appeal to the dean (or associate dean) of the college of the course using the Requesting Approval for Dropping A Class After the Deadline form. Read the instructions, fill out the form, submit a written letter, and provide documentation of extenuating circumstances that would justify an exemption to the drop deadline policy. After the instructor has signed the form, submit a complete packet to the Associate Dean of the College that is offering the course. Once all required signatures have been collected, submit the form to the Registrar’s Office, Administration Building Room 110, for processing.



Faculty-Initiated Withdrawals

An instructor has the option of withdrawing you from a course if any of the following conditions are present:

  • You fail to attend one of the first two meetings of a class that meets more than once each week.
  • You fail to attend the first meeting of a class that meets once each week.
  • You have not satisfied the entrance requirements or prerequisites for the class.

You should not expect that an instructor will withdraw you for nonattendance. The primary responsibility for course withdrawal rests with you.

To withdraw a student for failing to attend one of the first two meetings of a class that meets more than once each week or the first meeting of a class that meets once each week, the instructor submits a Faculty-Initiated Drop Form to the Registrar’s Office. Students withdrawn from a course for failing to attend these specified class meetings may re-enroll in the course with the instructor’s permission through the 10th day of the semester (see the Academic Calendar for the exact deadline of the various sessions).

To be withdrawn for failing to satisfy entrance requirements, the instructor or the department must notify you of the impending withdrawal and then request the withdrawal through the Registrar’s Office. All faculty-initiated withdrawals will be removed from your record and will not appear on your transcript.



Withdrawal Policy

If you wish to leave the university in good standing, you must drop all your current semester classes and remove yourself from any waitlists by logging in to your Student Center on myBoiseState. See the Academic Calendar for specific deadlines for the various sessions. If the complete withdrawal for regular session is made after the 10th day of classes and you have not paid your fees, you are still responsible for the entire amount of fees incurred plus a $40.00 administrative processing fee. If you do not cancel your registration or completely withdraw by the appropriate deadline for the session, you will be awarded a final grade of F.

A complete withdrawal after the published deadline will only be granted by special appeal and because of extraordinary circumstances through the Office of the Dean of Students. An online form, instructions and FAQs are found at https://deanofstudents.boisestate.edu/studentwithdrawal/.

  • You may accrue up to ten (10) withdrawals for a baccalaureate degree and up to five (5) for an associate degree.
  • Any grades of W received in an associate degree program count toward the 10 allowed for the baccalaureate degree program.
  • Withdrawals from co-requisite courses (lecture/lab) will count as one W, unless the co-requisite courses are two separate graded courses.
  • A complete withdrawal (CW) will not count toward the ten total allowed.
  • You may earn an additional ten (10) grades of W toward a second baccalaureate degree or an additional five (5) toward an additional associate degree.
  • Grades of W earned prior to Spring 2014 semester are not counted toward the number allowed.

Once you have exhausted the number of W grades allowed, you may be removed from your major. Once you have completed a degree, you may earn an additional ten (10) grades of W toward a second baccalaureate degree or an additional five (5) grades of W toward an additional associate degree.

Note

The university has placed limits on the number of times you may enroll in a course. For more information, see Repeating a Course.

Note

If you intend to drop a class in which you have been issued university property – such as uniforms, instruments, or lab equipment – you must return the property before dropping the class. If you fail to do so, the department will place a hold on your record and could have have reinstated in the class.

For information on refunds of tuition and fees following a complete withdrawal, see Tuition and Fees. Financial Aid and Withdrawals—If you withdraw from the university, you need to be aware of a federal law impacting your financial aid eligibility. Complete withdrawals will result in a financial obligation by you to return the unearned portion of any federal aid disbursed. You will have earned aid if you withdraw prior to completing 60 percent of the semester. You will have to repay Boise State for the unearned aid which had applied toward tuition and fee charges. A repayment may also be required for unearned aid disbursed directly to you.

If you are considering withdrawing from Boise State, we strongly recommend that you review the information on the web at https://financialaid.boisestate.edu/. After reviewing that information, if you still have questions, contact the Financial Aid Office. Call (208) 426-1664 for more information.



Administrative Withdrawal Policy

An administrative withdrawal is the process by which Boise State University formally withdraws a student from the university, usually without the student’s consent or cooperation. You may be administratively withdrawn for a variety of reasons, including the following:

  • Failing to pay library fines, overdue loans, deferred fee payments, housing accounts, or other such charges
  • Falsifying information on an admissions application or other university record or document
  • Failing to respond to an official summons issued by the university
  • Exhibiting behavior that constitutes a clear and present danger to themselves or to others

Administrative withdrawals due to nonpayment of financial obligations (library fines, overdue loans, deferred fees, housing accounts, etc.) are recorded with a grade of W and appear on your transcript if processed after the 10th day of the semester.

Administrative withdrawals due to ineligibility to be in a course or continue in school for reasons other than nonpayment of financial obligations may or may not appear on your transcript.

Notification of administrative withdrawals are sent to your BroncoMail account.