Posted: April 12, 2013 at 4:28 pm, Last Updated: November 1, 2019 at 9:49 am
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Last Day to Add Deadline
After the last day to add a course, registration via Patriot Web is prohibited. If circumstances warrant an exception to policy, only the Chair of the Department offering the course may grant permission to register for a course after the deadline. The Late Schedule Adjustment Form, if approved by the Department Chair, must be signed by Student Accounts before it is taken to the Office of the University Registrar for processing.
Last Day to Drop Deadline
Students cannot drop any course after the drop deadline. If students feel that they have non-academic circumstances that would warrant an exception to policy, they may appeal to their Academic Dean/Director for permission to withdraw. A grade of ‘W’ will be assigned to those courses but students will be financially liable for tuition. The Withdrawal Form or Late Schedule Adjustment Form, if approved by the Dean, must be signed by Student Accounts before it is taken to the Office of the University Registrar for processing.
Unrestricted Withdrawal Deadline
Students can withdraw from any course after the last day to drop deadline (3rd week of classes) using Patriot Web. Each withdrawn course regardless of the effective date will have a ‘W’ grade posted on the transcript.
Selective Withdrawal Deadline
Degree and non-degree seeking undergraduate students are eligible to withdraw from a limited number of classes without Dean’s approval and at the student’s own discretion. Students may process a maximum of three such selective withdrawals during their entire undergraduate career at Mason. As of Fall 2019, Degree and non-degree seeking undergraduate students have the option to request a Selective Withdrawal.
Mason is adjusting the deadline for dropping a full semester, 15-week course beginning fall 2018. The deadline for adding courses is not changing (8 days after semester start, excluding holidays). Dropped courses will disappear from a student’s academic record; as is the case now, withdrawn courses will be recorded with a “W” on the transcript.
Students will have 22 calendar days after and including the first day of classes to drop a class without the class appearing on their transcript. To give students more time to evaluate and drop classes, the university also is lengthening the drop period through day 22 of the semester. As Mason students are more likely to be successful if they are registered and attending a class early in the semester, we are implementing this change, in part, to encourage students to commit to their course registration early in the term.
Beginning the 23rd day after and including the first day of classes of the semester, students may self-withdraw using Patriot Web. This unrestricted withdrawal period extends through the 5th week of classes, the beginning of the selective withdrawal period. Each withdrawn course regardless of the effective date will have a ‘W’ grade posted on the transcript.
Grades of ‘W’ (Withdraw) are considered attempted hours, which means they are used to determine academic progress. Both the university’s standards for academic standing and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for financial aid are affected by these attempted hours. ‘W’ grades do not affect GPA and is not considered an attempt under the university’s course repeat policy (see AP 1.3.4). Students should consult an academic advisor prior to withdrawing from a course.
Financial aid is based on student enrollment at midnight on the 22nd day of the semester. Students need to register for all courses by this date, even those with a late start. If a student withdraws from a course on day 23 or later, the W grade will appear on the transcript and it will count as attempted hours in determining Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
If a student registers for a class that begins later in the semester and drops it before it begins, financial aid will be adjusted to reflect actual enrollment. Federal requirements do not allow aid for courses a student never begins. Students who are considering dropping or withdrawing from a part of term course (one that is less than the full 15 week semester), should consult their financial aid counselor to learn how aid eligibility will be affected.