There are very important differences between dropping and withdrawing from a course; the option available to you depends when you are attempting to drop or withdraw.
Dropping a course
Registration in a term/semester normally starts about 8-9 weeks before a semester commences (see Dates & Deadlines for term-specific dates). Throughout this period, and up until the add/drop deadline, you can drop a course. When a course is dropped, the course is completely removed from the student record. Whether or not fee penalties are assessed depends on if the term has started; see Fee Deadlines & Refunds for information related to reversed fees for dropping courses.
The add/drop deadline for a full-semester course is different than an intersession course. See Dates & Deadlines for term-specific dates, as well as any non-standard add/drop and withdrawal deadlines for the current term. The add/drop deadline for the full semester is normally one week.
Students are NOT dropped automatically from a course if they do not attend or pay their term tuition and fees; if you intend not to attend KPU for a term, you must ensure that you drop any courses you are registered in by the established deadlines (see Dates & Deadlines or Fee Deadlines & Refunds).
Withdrawing from a course
Once the add/drop period is over (for full semester courses, this is after the first week of the term), the withdrawal period commences. Students are eligible to withdraw themselves from a course until the withdrawal deadline. Once you withdraw, the course remains on your student record with a "W" grade. The "W" is not calculated in your term or cumulative GPAs. No fees are reversed for withdrawn courses; see Fees Deadlines & Refunds for more information.
The withdrawal deadline for a full semester course is different than an intersession course. See either Dates & Deadlines or the Academic Schedule for Senate-approved full semester and intersession withdrawal dates, or Dates & Deadlines for any non-standard add/drop and withdrawal deadlines for the current term.
Some resources to consider before withdrawing from a course:
- Peer tutoring and academic coaches at The Learning Centre.
- Overwhelmed or need help with personal goal setting? See Counselling Services.
- Academic Advising: How will withdrawing affect your academic goals?
- Student Awards & Financial Assistance: How will withdrawing affect your education funding?
After the withdrawal deadline
After the withdrawal deadline, you cannot withdraw from a course unless you have grounds to appeal for a compassionate withdrawal. See Policy ST13, Compassionate Withdrawal, on Bylaws and Policies for more information about compassionate withdrawals; or the Request for Compassionate Withdrawal form on Student Forms.