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Class Cancelation, Drops & Withdrawals

Changing Your Class Schedule After Classes Begin

Note the terminology used in explanations of the deadlines that follow:

Semester: any semester, including the 14–week summer semester

Session: any seven–week summer session

In the case of flexibly scheduled classes (classes that meet for fewer days than a semester or session), the deadlines are prorated. Deadlines to add, drop, and withdraw from individual classes are published in Course Offerings and students may find these deadlines in My OHIO Student Center by clicking the calendar icon. Contact Registrar Services, first floor, Chubb Hall, 740.593.4495, or registration@ohio.edu for additional information about deadline dates.

You may add a class, drop a class, or correct your registration by accessing My OHIO Student Center before the semester or session begins. However, adding certain classes after classes begin requires permission from the instructor and is prohibited after the Friday of the second week of the semester. Dropping any class after the Friday of the tenth week of the 14-week semester or the last instructional day of the fifth week of the seven-week summer session is prohibited except by petition through your college’s student services office. (See “Drops” below.) International students in F–1 or J–1 status considering changes to their class schedules that result in less–than–full–time enrollment (12 credits) must see an advisor in International Student and Faculty Services before processing the changes.

Adds. You may add a class via My OHIO Student Center only through the Friday of the first week of the semester or session. However, please note that departments or individual instructors may close registration for their classes prior to Friday of the first week of the semester. After the Friday of the first week and through Friday of the second week of the semester, you may add a class only with instructor permission. For classes requiring the instructor’s permission, you will need to obtain a class permission slip from the instructor or department/school representative and then return the class permission slip to the office indicated for final processing. You may add a class for which you have not met the requisite only by receiving the instructor’s permission to take the class.

After the Friday of the second week of the semester (Friday of the first week of the session), your schedule becomes official. Your final tuition charges are based on your enrollment as of the deadline.

Drops. You may use My OHIO Student Center to drop any class except your last class (see “Canceling Registration or Withdrawing from the University” below) through the Friday of the second week of the 14-week semester or the Friday of the first week of the session. Classes dropped will not appear on the student’s academic record.

If you drop hours through the Friday of the second week of a semester (Friday of the first week of a session), you are entitled to a 100 percent refund of the reduction if the change results in a reduction of registration fees, provided you are not dropping all hours (see “Canceling Registration or Withdrawing from the University” below). Changes made after the deadlines will result in no refund. If you are receiving financial aid, a change in enrollment status might result in your having to repay programs from which you received aid. (See Refund of Fees in the Fees section for more information.)

Withdraws. You may use My OHIO Student Center to withdraw from any class except your last class (see “Canceling Registration or Withdrawing from the University” below) after the Friday of the second week of the semester (Friday of the first week of a session) and through the Friday of the tenth week of the semester (last instructional day of the fifth week of the session). However, the classes remain on your academic records with grades of WP (Withdrawn Passing), WF (Withdrawn Failing), or WN (Withdrawn Never Attended), and they continue to be used in the calculation of tuition and fees. WP, WF, or WN grades do not affect the student’s grade point average.

After the Friday of the second week of the semester (Friday of the first week of a session), your schedule becomes official. Your final tuition charges are based on your enrollment as of the deadline. If you withdraw from the University or reduce your course load after the deadline, you must still pay the full tuition fees, and your classes will remain on your academic record with WP, WF, or WN grades.

Dropping or withdrawing from a class is prohibited after these deadlines, but under very exceptional circumstances, you may petition your college in writing to make an exception. Your reason must be substantial. Fear of earning a low grade in the class is not considered to be an exceptional circumstance.

Only in extreme instances, in which circumstances beyond your control make you unable to have your registration in order by the end of the Friday of the second week (or Friday of the first week) of the semester/session deadline, will the University consider making an exception to this policy. Even then, such decisions are made by a review panel and require that formal documentation, such as a doctor’s statement, be submitted to the Tuition Appeal Review Panel. The student services office in your college or regional campus can help you present an appeal to the review panel.

Canceling Registration or Withdrawing from the University (Dropping All Classes)

Cancellation Before Classes Have Begun. Cancellation of registration is defined as dropping all classes before the first day of classes. This is determined by the earliest start date of any of your classes taken during the session/semester. This includes all classes for which you are registered on all (one or more) campuses. You may cancel your registration by accessing My OHIO Student Center, or you may call or visit the registrar’s office or the student services office of your college or regional campus to obtain a Cancellation of Registration form, which you then complete and return to the Office of the University Registrar. An adjustment of your tuition and fees is made according to the schedule in the “Refund of Fees” section. Canceling registration for a semester does not prevent a student from registering for a future semester. International students in F–1 or J–1 status must see an advisor in International Student and Faculty Services before canceling their registration or withdrawing from the University.

Withdrawing After Classes Have Begun. Withdrawing from the University is defined as dropping all classes on or after the earliest start date of any of your classes, and no later than the day before the last day of classes, as determined by the earliest end date of any of your classes, for the semester or session. Note: this includes all regular Ohio University classes for which a student is registered for a given semester, whether on one campus or more than one. This does not prevent a student from registering for a future semester. Withdrawal is not permitted on or after the last day of classes. You cannot withdraw from the University using My OHIO Student Center. You should contact your college or regional campus student services office to complete the Request for Withdrawal Form. When the request has been approved by the college or regional campus student services office and housing, your withdrawal is processed by the Office of the University Registrar, which grants an official withdrawal after determining that all obligations to the University have been met. International students in F–1 or J–1 status must see an advisor in International Student and Faculty Services before canceling their registration or withdrawing from the University.

Withdrawal between the first day of classes and the Friday of the second week of the semester (Friday of the first week of a session) results in an 80 percent tuition and fees reduction.

Medical Withdrawal. A withdrawal for medical reasons may result in a registration hold being placed on your records, and, if a hold is placed, to re-enroll you will have to request clearance from the Dean of Students. When the clearance is approved, the hold will be released.

Multiple Consecutive Withdrawals. Two or more consecutive withdrawals may be cause for placement of a registration hold on your record by the registrar or your academic dean. A petition to release this hold would be considered by your academic dean.

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