Learn how withdrawing from a class might be a good thing to do

March 8 is last day to withdraw from a class

The following information and the graphic to the right have been provided by Student Services, located in Old Main in room OM 1631.

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Having trouble with a course and wishing you could do something about it?

Did you know you are able to officially withdraw from a course up until Friday, March 8, 2013?

Not the same as quitting, withdrawal is about making an informed choice and you need to make this choice by March 8.

A “W” on a transcript is an innocuous little letter, unlike an “F” or a “DNC” which can have serious effects on grade point averages (GPA). A low GPA can put you on academic probation, jeopardize funding and affect future plans such as careers and graduate programs.

However, keep in mind a “W” may also have unforeseen circumstances for funding that you need to aware of.

Here are some commonly asked questions and misconceptions about withdrawing from a course:

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CAN I WITHDRAW FROM A COURSE AND GET A REFUND? DROPPING A COURSE
Dropping a course before the end of the second week of instruction means being eligible to receive a 100% refund.

After the second week of instruction, you may still withdraw from a course up to and including the eighth week of instruction, but there is no refund.

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WHY WITHDRAW
The material is too difficult.
The course load is too heavy.
You’ve experienced an unexpected personal challenge.
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WHAT DOES A W ON A TRANSCRIPT MEAN?
It means you officially withdrew from the course.

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DOES A W HAVE A GRADE ATTACHED TO IT?
No, an official withdrawal is not calculated into a student’s GPA.

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WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS FOR WITHDRAWING?
There are often significant academic and funding implications for students for withdrawing—as there are for failing (F) or not completing (DNC) a course. You are encouraged to connect with your instructor, program chair/advisor, funding provider, and/or student services to make a decision that fits your circumstances.

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WHAT IS THE LAST DAY TO WITHDRAW FROM A CLASS?
Friday, March 8, 2013 (eighth week of class).

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HOW TO WITHDRAW FROM A CLASS?
Go to the Registrar’s Office, fill out an Add/Drop form and submit.
Questions can also be answered at Student Services, located in Old Main in room OM1631.
Or, phone 250-828-5023.
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