Withdrawing and Dropping Classes

You will not automatically be dropped from classes you don't attend. If you are registered for a class that you do not intend to take, drop it on WebOPUS before the semester starts to avoid tuition and fees charges. The deadline to drop classes on WebOPUS is 11:59 p.m. on the day of Census, which is always the 12th day of the semester (read more about Census). Courses dropped before Census do not appear on your transcript. 

Course Withdrawal Deadlines

Please see our worksheet for the Course Withdrawal deadlines for all classes.

Important Note

Once the semester has started, you can only drop your last class using a Semester Withdrawal. You cannot drop your last class on WebOPUS or using a Course Withdrawal form.

Course Withdrawal and Dropping Courses

Dropping Classes Before Census (WebOPUS)

The deadline to drop a class on WebOPUS is 11:59 p.m. on the day of Census (the 12th day of the semester). Courses dropped before Census do not appear on your transcript. 

Directions

  1. Login to WebOPUS
  2. Click "Student Services", then "Registration", then "Add/Drop Classes"
  3. Select term which you would like to make changes
  4. Select "Drop/Delete" from the drop-down menu in the "Action" column next to the course that you want to drop
  5. Select "Submit Changes" 

Tuition and Fees

If you are withdrawing from a course after the start of the term, you will be assessed tuition and fees according to a prorated refund schedule published on the Student Billing & Cashiering website.

Drop a Class After Census (Course Withdrawal or Administrative Withdrawal)

When you drop individual classes after Census, it is referred to as a withdrawal. You can't withdraw from a course on WebOUPS. There are only two ways to withdraw from individual courses:

  1. You can use one of your 3 Course Withdrawals (CW). For more information and deadlines, see our Course Withdrawal page. 
  2. You can petition for an Administrative Withdrawal (AW). AWs are only granted under serious, unforeseen circumstances that present a considerable obstacle to course completion (e.g. severe injury, physical or mental illness, death in the family, etc.). For more information and deadlines, see our Administrative Withdrawal page. 

Tuition and Fees

If you are withdrawing from a course after the start of the term, you will be assessed tuition and fees according to a prorated refund schedule published on the Student Billing & Cashiering website.

Drop All of Your Classes (Semester Withdrawal or Administrative Withdrawal)

The process for withdrawing from all of your classes depends on when it is relative to the start of the semester. 

Before the Semester Has Started

You can drop all of your classes before the first day of the semester using the Withdraw from All Classes (Pre-Term) form. You will not be charged tuition and fees, and these classes will not appear on your transcript. 

Between the 1st and the 12th Day of the Semester (Pre-Census Semester Withdrawal)

You can drop all of your classes between the first day of the semester and Census (the 12th day of the semester) using the same process as you would for a Semester Withdrawal (learn more). Please note, you cannot drop all of your classes individually on WebOPUS. Courses dropped before Census do not appear on your transcript, and a pre-term Semester Withdrawal will not count as your one available Semester Withdrawal. (View the prorated tuition and fees refund schedule.)

After the 12th day of the Semester (Post-Census Semester Withdrawal)

You can withdraw from all of your classes between Census and the last regular day of classes using your one available Semester Withdrawal, or you can petition for an Administrative Withdrawal. (View the prorated tuition and fees refund schedule.)

Incomplete Grades

Considering taking an Incomplete? Here's what you need to know. 

  • Incomplete Grades are issued at the instructor's discretion -- instructors are not required to allow a student to take an Incomplete for any reason. 
  • The instructor can allow you up to one year to complete the outstanding coursework. They are not required to give you the whole year to complete the coursework.
  • If your instructor agrees to let you take an Incomplete, you will need to fill out the Incomplete Grade Request form. 
    • You will outline the agreed-upon terms, including coursework you need to complete and the time frame for completing it, on the form.
    • Both the student and the instructor must sign the form. 
    • The completed form must be returned to Skyhawk Station no later than 4:00 p.m. on last regular day of classes.
  • An Incomplete will appear on your transcript with an "I" in place of a grade until one of two things happens:
    • You complete the required coursework within the time allowed, and your instructor submits a grade change form to the Registrar's Office. Registrar's Office staff will then replace the "I" on your transcript with the grade assigned by your instructor.
    • You fail to complete the required coursework, in which case the "I" will be changed to an "F" on your transcript.

Incomplete Grade Extension Requests

Financial Aid or On-Campus Housing Eligibility

Dropping or withdrawing from a course can impact your on-campus housing and/or financial aid eligibility.

  • Housing: You must be enrolled in at least nine credits to live in the residence halls. If you drop below nine credits, you will have 48 hours to vacate the residence halls. If you have any questions about housing, contact the Housing Office by phone at 970-247-7503 or by email at studenthousing@fortlewis.edu.
  • Financial Aid: Any change in your enrollment status can affect your eligibility for student loans and scholarships. If you have questions about your eligibility, contact Skyhawk Station by phone (970-247-7301) or email (skyhawkstation@fortlewi.edu).
Questions & Assistance

Drop by Skyhawk Station, or contact them by phone (970-247-7301) or email (skyhawkstation@fortlewis.edu).