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Dropping a Course


Undergraduate Students

During Schedule Change Period

During the first five days of classes (Mondays through Fridays) of the fall and spring semesters, a student may drop or add a course or courses to his or her schedule. The student should discuss schedule changes with his or her advisor prior to making registration changes. On the day following the five-day schedule change period, a student may make final additions to his or her schedule.

During the summer, the schedule change period is limited to the first two days of classes each term. On the day following the two-day schedule change period, a student may make final additions to his or her schedule in accordance with the policies outlined above for the regular semesters. Course drops during this drop/add period do not count against a student's course drop allocation. (See Course Drop Allocation, below)

After Schedule Change Period

During the first 50% of the regularly scheduled class meetings of a course (including the meeting for the final examination), a student may, at his or her own option, drop the course. After consultation with his or her advisor, the student secures the signature of the advisor on the schedule change form and takes it to the Office of the Registrar for processing. For regular semester-length courses, the drop period is limited to the first thirty days of classes of the semester. For five-week block courses or regular summer term courses, the drop period is limited to the first ten days of classes for the semester or summer terms. The same 40% drop-period rule applies to block courses of other lengths as well. It is the student's responsibility to consult official university bulletin boards, documents, and/or the web to determine the appropriate drop period for such block courses. Ordinarily, a student may drop up to four courses or a smaller prorated number is pursuit of a university degree. (See Course Drop Allocations.) Extenuating circumstances, however, can warrant consideration for drop by exception, as explained below.

Students may petition the Student Academic Appellate Committee through the Center for Academic Services for drops by exception (drops after the 50 percent drop period, drops beyond student's allotted number, and drops not counted against the allotted number). Poor performance in course work, missed deadlines, change of major, or a course grade's adverse effect on the student's grade point average, probationary standing, or other eligibility is not in itself a sufficient basis for exception. Requests for exceptions will not be considered after the last regularly scheduled class meeting prior to the final examination for the course(s) in question except where earlier requests could not have been expected. Petitions for drops by exception will typically be granted only for medical or counseling reasons related to the course(s) to be dropped and will be considered by Student Health Services or the Center for Counseling and Student Development upon receipt of appropriate documentation.

Course Drop Allocations

In pursuit of a degree at East Carolina University, a student may drop up to four courses (outside the schedule change period). The number of course drops is prorated on the student's credit hours (both ECU and transferred) at the time of implementation or the student's initial matriculation as follows:


First Undergraduate Degree

0 - 29 semester hours of credit 4 course drops
30 - 59 semester hours of credit 3 course drops
60 - 89 semester hours of credit 2 course drops
90 or more semester hours of credit 1 course drop

 

Second Undergraduate Degree

 

A student who needs no more than:

30 semester hours of credit 1 course drops
31 - 59 semester hours of credit 2 course drops
60 or more semester hours of credit 3 course drops

Students may use these drops between the schedule change period and the last day to drop term-length courses without a grade. Drops not used roll forward to the following term.


Graduate Students - Schedule Changes

A graduate student may add a course or courses through the last day to register for the semester (fall/spring semesters this is the sixth class day). The student must secure appropriate approval from the instructor and or departmental chairperson and contact the Office of the Registrar to have the add processed.

A graduate nondoctoral student may drop a course and receive no grade according to the date given in the Graduate School calendar. The student must notify their program advisor of the drop and contact the Office of the Registrar to have the drop processed. An e-mail from the advisor or the advisor’s signature on a drop form indicates awareness of the change. A student who drops a course after the last day for graduate students to drop a class without a grade will receive a final grade of F. Students that experience a medical emergency or other emergency of such a serious nature that it is impossible or extraordinarily difficult to withdraw prior to the last day to drop a course must obtain permission from the Dean of the Graduate School. If it is determined that such an emergency existed, approval will be given for the student to be withdrawn from all courses taken during that semester. As a matter of policy it is not possible to select and retroactively drop individual courses.

Doctoral students may drop courses only with permission of their departmental chairperson or graduate committees.

No course is officially dropped or added until all appropriate approvals are obtained from the advisor and/or the Graduate School and the required procedure is completed with the Office of the Registrar.


Students should pay particular attention to procedural directions printed on the forms. No course is officially dropped or added until the required procedure is completed.