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Withdrawal Information

After consultation with their academic advisor and the instructor of the course, a student may withdraw from any course.  Withdrawing from a course:

  • Must be done before 5:00 pm on the date of the Withdrawal Deadline published by the Office of the Registrar but shouldn't be done until after the add / drop period.
  • Will NOT result in a refund and could cause the student to owe the University.
  • Will affect satisfactory academic progress as related to academic standing and financial aid.
  • Will prevent the course from counting towards the twelve (12) credit hours required for full time enrollment status.
  • Will result in a grade of "W" on the student's academic transcript. Students are permitted to withdrawal from a maximum of sixteen (16) credit hours during their career at Western Carolina University.  Any withdrawal beyond the limit will result in a grade of Withdrew-Failing "WF" which will affect the semester and cumulative GPA as if it were an "F".

How to Withdraw From a Course

The course withdrawal process for all students regardless of level or student type is completed in the student's myWCU and must be done before 5:00 pm on the date of the withdrawal deadline.

Course Withdrawal Deadlines

Course Withdrawal Deadlines

Below are the charts of withdrawal deadlines, listed by semester.

Spring 2019

Part of Term Course Start Date Course End Date Withdrawal Deadline
First 8 Weeks January 14th March 8th February 8th
Last 8 Weeks March 11th May 3rd April 5th
Full Term January 14th May 3rd March 22nd

Summer 2019

Part of Term Course Start Date Course End Date Withdrawal Deadline
Mini-Mester May 13th May 28th May 22nd
Mini Mester Extended May 13th June 11th May 29th
First 8 Weeks May 13th July 3rd June 13th
Full Term May 13th August 16th July 11th
First 4.5 Weeks June 3rd July 3rd June 19th
First 4.5 Weeks Extended June 3rd July 26th July 3rd
Nine Weeks June 3rd August 6th July 9th
Last 8 Weeks June 24th August 16th July 25th
Last 5 Weeks Extended June 24th August 2nd July 12th
Last 4.5 Weeks July 5th August 6th July 23rd
Travel Course May 13th August 16th July 11th

Fall 2019

Part of Term Course Start Date Course End Date Withdrawal Deadline
First 8 Weeks August 19th October 11th September 13th
Last 8 Weeks October 14th December 6th November 8th
Full Term August 19th December 6th October 25th

Spring 2020

Part of Term Course Start Date Course End Date Withdrawal Deadline
First 8 Weeks January 13th March 6th February 7th
Last 8 Weeks March 9th May 1st April 3rd
Full Term January 13th May 1st March 20th

Summer 2020

PART OF TERM COURSE START DATE COURSE END DATE WITHDRAWAL DEADLINE
MINIMESTER MAY 11TH MAY 26TH MAY 19TH
MINIMESTER EXTENDED MAY 11TH JUNE 10TH MAY 27TH
FIRST 8 WEEKS MAY 11TH JULY 2ND JUNE 10TH
FULL TERM MAY 11TH AUGUST 14TH JULY 7TH
FIRST 4.5 WEEKS JUNE 3RD JULY 1ST JUNE 18TH
FIRST 4.5 WEEKS EXTENDED JUNE 1ST JULY 24TH JULY 2ND
NINE WEEKS JUNE 3RD AUGUST 4TH JULY 8TH
LAST 8 WEEKS JUNE 22ND AUGUST 14TH JULY 23RD
LAST 5 WEEKS EXTENDED JUNE 24TH JULY 31ST JULY 13TH
LAST 4.5 WEEKS JULY 6TH AUGUST 4TH JULY 22ND
Travel Course MAY 11TH AUGUST 14TH JULY 8TH

Whether a student is withdrawing from the current semester only or withdrawing completely from the University with no plans to return to Western Carolina University, the process is the same and is considered a University Withdrawal.

Withdrawing from the University after the start of the semester will result in a grade of "W" in all ungraded courses. Withdrawals resulting from a University Withdrawal do not count toward the state-mandated limit for course withdrawals. Withdrawing from all courses:

  • Must be done before the Withdrawal Deadline published by the Office of the Registrar.
  • May result in a partial refund (see refund policy).
  • Will affect satisfactory academic progress as related to academic standing and financial aid.
  • May not be used to avoid penalty as the result of academic misconduct.

Failure to withdraw (abandonment) will result in a grade of "F", and affect both GPA and academic standing.

 

How to Withdraw From the Semester

The University Withdrawal process for all students regardless of level or student type is initiated in the Advising Center.  Through the process of filling out paperwork, the student will state whether the withdrawal is a Semester Withdrawal or a University Withdrawal.

Advising Center
214 Killian Annex
Cullowhee, NC 28723
828.227.7753
advisingcenter@wcu.edu

Post-Deadline University Withdrawal

There are three exceptions to the post-deadline University withdrawal policy that will allow a student to withdraw from all courses.  A student seeking an exception to the deadline must provide evidence (documentation) supporting the exception they are claiming.  These exceptions are:

 

Post-Deadline Course Withdrawal

A single course withdrawal is only permitted when the student is enrolled in more than one course but isn't requesting to be withdrawn from all courses.  The only exception to a post-deadline course withdrawal is a medical withdrawal.

  • Student must submit withdrawal request with supporting medical documentation to the College Dean of the course.
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