Petition 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 form (available in 145 Chrysler Center)
  • After the ninth week, you must the Scholastic Standing Committee Administrator to process your drop (129 Chrysler).
    • *NOTE: if you withdraw after the ninth week of the current term, you cannot attend the next full term (not including Spring/Summer).

Q: What is the process for petitioning?

A: 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. Your petition will be reviewed by two Scholastic Standing Committee members and receive a decision up to 4 weeks after submission; except in the Spring and Summer terms, when response time is determined by faculty availability.  Scholastic Standing Committee staff will notify you of the outcome via email.

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

If you wish to add a class after this deadline (or change credits, swap sections or change the cross-listing), have your advisor and instructor sign a drop/add slip indicating the change and bring the slip to 145 Chrysler Center. You do not have to petition to perform these actions. See the Bulletin for more information.

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.
  • If you cannot obtain the signature of your instructor in person (he/she may be off campus), he/she may supply an email indicating his/her support of your petition

Submit a Petition for Late Add or Withdrawal