You may withdraw from a course after the drop deadline through the end of the eighth week of each quarter (or in case of Summer Quarter the sixth week). In this case, a grade notation of 'W' (withdraw) is automatically recorded on your transcript for that course. If you do not officially withdraw from a class by the end of the eighth week, you are assigned the appropriate grade or notation by the instructor to reflect the work completed.
Before the course withdraw deadline, all course withdraws must be made via Axess. It should be noted that professional school courses do not allow students to withdraw. There are no tuition reassessments for withdrawing from individual courses.
International students on F1/J1 VISA should check with a Bechtel International Center advisor before withdrawing from a class which could potentially place them below full-time status or risk violating their legal status.
Petitions to withdraw after the deadline:
Undergraduates and coterminal students: petition Academic Advising to withdraw from a course after the withdraw deadline by submitting a Request for Exception to Change Course Enrollment (pdf) form. Changes after the posted academic deadlines must demonstrate exceptional circumstances as they are an exception to Faculty Senate course enrollment policies.
Graduate students: must submit a Petition to Withdraw from a Course (Graduate Students) via the eForms portal (available in the Axess student mega-menu) in order to withdraw from a course after the withdraw deadline. Changes after the posted academic deadlines must demonstrate exceptional circumstances as they are an exception to Faculty Senate course enrollment policies.