After registration but before the beginning
of the term in which the course is taught, a student may drop that
course and add another course or a vacation term by (1) obtaining a
Drop/Add Form from the Registrar's Office, (2) securing the signature of
the academic advisor, and (3) returning the form to the Registrar's
Office before 4:30 p.m. on the Friday immediately preceding that term.
During the first three days of the term in which the course
is taught, a student may drop that course and add another course (or
take a vacation term) by (1) obtaining the Drop/Add Form from the
Registrar's Office, (2) securing the signatures of the instructor of the
course being dropped, the instructor of the course being added, and the
academic advisor, and (3) returning the form to the Registrar's Office
before 4:30 p.m. of the third day (normally the first Wednesday) of the
term. Instructors are not required to add students after the course has begun, and permission to add a course is more difficult to obtain after the first day, so students should not delay in contacting instructors of courses they wish to add.
If a student does not attend or ceases to attend a course for
which he or she is registered and does not add another course or a
vacation in its place before the end of the third day of the term, the
student will be given the grade of WR. Students who receive a grade of WR are charged tuition for the course, but they are not eligible for institutional financial aid or VA benefits for that term. Any federal or state financial aid eligibility will be reviewed on a case by case basis per federal and state regulations.
Students are considered enrolled in a course if they attend it
after the third day of the term regardless of whether they were
officially registered for some other course, for a vacation, or for ``No Course.'' The
option of receiving WR for the registered course or of taking a vacation
is not permitted. An instructor is required to assign a final grade in
such cases, and this may be F if the student ceased attending. Students
who wish to audit a course must declare their intention to the
instructor at the very beginning of the term (see ``Auditing
Withdrawal between the 4th and 14th day of the term is
possible only when recommended by the instructor. The instructor may release
a student if the instructor believes that the student, when compared
with the others in the class, has not had adequate preparation or is
deficient in a skill essential for success in the course. The instructor
must describe the student's problem in a letter to the Academic Standing
Committee and also certify that the student attended faithfully and
tried to do the work assigned. The student receives a grade of W.
On the 15th day of the term (normally the third Friday) in
which the course is taught, a student may withdraw and receive a grade
of W for a course by (1) obtaining the Drop/Add Form from the
Registrar's Office, (2) securing the signatures of the instructor and
the academic advisor, and (3) returning the form to the Registrar's
Office before 4:30 p.m. The instructor should agree to sign the form if
and only if the student (a) has complied fully with the instructor's
attendance policy, (b) has taken all the tests and turned in all the
papers or projects that were due by the 15th day, and (c) has made, in
the opinion of the instructor, a determined effort to learn the
material, complete the work, and participate in the class.
Students on Probation or Probationary
Suspension, however, are not permitted to withdraw from a course without
permission from the Academic Standing Committee. They must file a
petition with their Drop/Add Form on the 15th day, but continue in the
course pending the Committee's decision. The Committee will evaluate the
petition not only on the grounds listed in item 6
above for a particular course, but also on the basis of the student's
entire academic record.
A withdrawal for health or family emergency
(grade of WH) may be given by the Academic Standing Committee upon
petition, or by the Registrar acting as the Committee's agent, when a
student is ill or has a personal crisis or family emergency, such that
completing the course by taking an Incomplete (see ``Grades,'' item
4) would not be feasible. The student should
submit a petition for a WH. The course instructor and the academic advisor must sign the petition, acknowledging that they have been notified of the student's intention. Both the course instructor and academic advisor are encouraged to submit a statement indicating whether they support the petition or not, and why. For a WH, a signature alone shall not be interpreted as endorsement of the petition.
Any petition based upon medical or psychological conditions must
be supported by a written statement from an appropriate health
professional stating the problem; the dates when the student was
examined, treated, or counseled; and the recuperative difficulties, if
Students who claim a personal or family emergency may be asked to
provide documentation and to account for the entire time during which
they say they were, or will be, unable to attend classes or to study.
Cornell counselors and health professionals will not normally
issue a recommendation for a withdrawal unless the student has consulted
them at or near the onset of the problem.
Such recommendations, however, do not automatically constitute grounds for a WH. The Committee will in all cases consider the instructor's evaluation of the student's work in the course before the
onset of the illness or emergency as well as the circumstances on which
the student has based her or his petition. The Committee reserves the
right to consult with anyone whom the student offers as a recommender or
corroborator. Students on Probation or Probationary Suspension do have
the right to petition for a WH, and their petitions will be considered
in the same way as any other student's.
Students may add and drop parallel
courses as follows:
During the first three days of the first term, a
student may replace both parallel courses with one single-term course.
Between the 15th and 21st days (normally the third Friday and the
fifth Wednesday) as in item 6 above, if the student
retains one of the parallel courses, he or she may add in the second
term of the parallel sequence only a half-credit independent study or a
vacation term. If the student drops both parallel courses, the student
may add one single-term course in what would have been the second term
of the sequence.
On the 33rd day (the 15th day of the second term) as in item
Students who register for a course that
requires an additional fee, e.g., a course taught off campus or one that
involves field trips or special provisions, and later decide not to
enroll must notify the instructor and the Registrar before the
instructor's final deadline or, if no such deadline has been announced,
then at least 60 days before the course is scheduled to begin. Students
who drop after this deadline are liable for payment of the full cost of
the program. Instructors calculate the cost of a trip, make
reservations, and order materials based on anticipated enrollments. The
loss of even one student may result in higher costs for the other
participants or in the College's being charged a penalty by hotels,
airlines, and cooperating agencies.