Withdrawing from One or Two Courses
A student may decide to withdraw from an individual course until the last day of classes at 4:00 p.m. of each semester. The exact date is published by the Registrar's Office. A student may use the withdrawal option twice for a total of two course withdrawals during his/her career at Dickinson. Students may not use the withdraw option for Physical Education courses.
To officially withdraw from a course, the student must complete the Course Withdrawal Form, which is available in the Registrar's Office or the Registrar’s Office website. A completed form includes course number and title and the reason for withdrawing. The academic advisor states his/her understanding of the situation. The student is responsible for returning the completed form to the Registrar's Office by the posted deadlines.
A grade of "W" is entered permanently in the student's record to indicate withdrawal from the course. "W" grades do not affect the cumulative grade point average. Generally, the appearance of one or even two "W" grades will not seriously affect a student's record if otherwise strong. "W" grades in combination with other indications that the student did not or could not successfully complete normal course work (incomplete grades, light course loads, excessive use of P/F) over several semesters, could be a problem later.
If a student needs to withdraw (1) after the deadline or (2) from more than the permitted two courses, the student may petition the Sub-committee on Academic Standards. Students should not assume they will be permitted to withdraw late, nor should they expect to automatically be allowed to withdraw from a third course (during their college career). They should continue to participate in the course until informed of the Academic Standards Committee decision to approve or deny their petition.