The last day to drop classes for the spring 2012 semester is Friday, March 23. This is an important issue for those students who are feeling their grades may be suffering in a particular class and wondering if dropping the course is the correct action to take.
It’s IMPORTANT to note that withdrawing from or repeating a course may impact financial aid. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships at (775) 784-4666 prior to dropping a course to assess the possible consequences.
Every student should understand the policy of dropping a course and the policy for replacing a grade for a certain course. Any course may be withdrawn from until the last drop day of March 23. After this date, if the course is not withdrawn from, the student will remain in the course and receive the appropriate letter grade which will affect the GPA. If the student withdraws from the course, they will receive a “W” on their transcript and the GPA will not be impacted. If the withdrawn course is mandatory for the completion of a degree, the student will have to retake the course. The catalog states this about withdrawn courses:
“W” signifies that a course has been dropped or that a student has withdrawn from the university with passing grades. The grade of “W” is not included in the grade-point average. After the first eight weeks of the semester, an “F” is given to students who are failing when they withdraw from the university
Tomorrow we’ll talk more about things to consider when dropping a course, and on Thursday we’ll talk about grade replacement.