Petitions for Late Adds/Withdrawals

Q: Why would I need to drop a class after the ninth-week deadline (five for half terms)?

A: Only the most serious circumstances warrant dropping a class after the ninth week of the term. This means some non-academic, extraordinary event (like a serious illness or severe personal disruption) would have occurred after the ninth week drop deadline of the term (five for a half term) AND would make completion of the course very difficult or impossible. All circumstances must be fully documented including such items as a physician’s statement and instructor’s statement for the petition to be considered.

Q: How will this appear on my transcript?

A: Any course dropped after the ninth-week deadline (five weeks for half terms) will appear as a “W” for withdrew on your academic record.

Q: How do I drop all of my courses for the term?

A: You may withdraw from the term until the last day of classes. To drop ALL courses for the term, you DO NOT need to fill out this petition.

  • If you plan to drop all courses prior to the first day of classes, you may withdraw using Wolverine Access
  • Between the first day of classes and the ninth week of the current term, you must complete a withdrawal from (available in 145 Chrysler Center)
  • After the ninth week, you must contact the Scholastic Standing Committee Administrator to process your drop (273 Chrysler) via either of the following options:
    • Email with your name and UMID# requesting to withdraw from the current term and that you understand that you are required to sit out the next full term
    • Schedule an appointment to meet with the Scholastic Standing Committee Administrator
      • *NOTE: if you withdraw after the ninth week of the current term, you cannot attend the next full term (not including Spring/Summer).

If you are not planning to withdraw from ALL courses of the current term, please follow steps listed below to submit a petition.

Steps for Petitioning for Late Add/Withdrawal

You must petition the Scholastic Standing Committee to drop a class after the ninth week of a term (five weeks for half terms).

  1. Complete a Petition for Late Withdrawal

  2. Members of the Scholastic Standing Committee will review your petition and make a decision. This generally occurs within four weeks of submission, except in the Spring and Summer terms, when response time is determined by faculty availability. The SSC will notify you of the outcome via email.

If your petition is approved, your academic record should reflect the decision within three weeks.

Keep in mind:

  • Petitions to drop classes due to poor performance will not be approved.

  • Documentation is important! If you can’t document extenuating circumstances (illness, family death, problems with Wolverine Access, etc.), it is unlikely that your petition will be approved.


Submit a Petition for Late

Add or Withdrawal