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Important Information

Please review before petitioning for late withdrawal from courses

If you have questions or would like to speak with someone about the late withdrawal petition process, please contact Undergraduate Academic Services. 

 
Late Withdrawal from Current Courses (up until the last day of classes)

Petitions for late withdrawal for current classes must be submitted to Undergraduate Academic Services and must be completed no later than the last day of classes. Petitions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by staff in the Office of Undergraduate Academic Services. If a student's withdrawal petition is denied by the Office of Undergraduate Academic Services, the student may appeal the decision to the Faculty Committee on Academic Standards.

Petitions for selective courses (e.g., one or some but not all courses) are less likely to be approved but will be considered up until the last day of classes for the semester in question. If you plan to petition for selective withdrawal(s), your petition must include clear explanation and documentation that supports selective withdrawal. Petitions for selective withdrawal that do not include adequate explanation will not be considered.

Late Withdrawals from Past Courses (after the last day of classes)

After classes have ended for the semester in question, a student may still petition for late withdrawal from courses; however, these petitions are reviewed by the Faculty Committee on Academic Standards. Petition materials should still be submitted to Undergraduate Academic Services, and Undergraduate Academic Services will serve as a liaison between the student and the Faculty Committee on Academic Standards.

Petitions for late withdrawal from selective courses (e.g., one or some but not all courses) turned in after the last day of classes in a given semester are approved in only the rarest and most exceptional of circumstances.  If you feel your circumstances warrant consideration for selective withdrawal, your petition must include clear explanation and documentation that supports your request for selective withdrawal.

Selective Withdrawal Petitions (e.g., one or some but not all courses)

Up until the last day of classes in a given semester, UAS will consider petitions for selective courses (e.g., one or some but not all courses). Students submitting petitions for selective withdrawal from current course(s) should be aware that these are less likely to be approved. If you plan to petition for selective withdrawal(s), your petition must include clear explanation and documentation that supports selective withdrawal. Petitions for selective withdrawal that do not include adequate explanation will not be considered.

After the last day of classes in a given semester, petitions for late withdrawal from selective courses (e.g., one or some but not all courses) are considered only in the rarest and most exceptional of circumstances. If you feel your circumstances are exceptional and warrant consideration for selective withdrawal after the last day of classes, your petition must include clear explanation and documentation that supports your request for selective withdrawal. Students electing to submit selective withdrawal petitions after the last day of classes should be prepared for the likely outcome of a denial and/or a suggestion to resubmit the petition listing all courses.

Late Withdrawals from courses taken two or more years ago

A late withdrawal approval for a previously completed semester is considered a change of grade. As per College policy, the statute of limitations for grade changes is two calendar years from the original grade submission deadline. If you have special circumstances that support a late withdrawal for courses taken more than two years ago, you should contact Undergraduate Academic Services to discuss your situation before submitting a petition.

Late Withdrawals after a student has graduated

Once a student has graduated from the College of Charleston, s/he is not eligible to submit a withdrawal petition.

Late Withdrawal & Possible Re-entry Stipulations

Students approved for late withdrawal from course(s) for psychological or behavioral health reasons may be required to adhere to conditions outlined by the Office of the Dean of Students prior to resuming coursework in a future semester. We want to ensure your health and well-being, and to that end, we want to be confident that you have received treatment that will allow you to be academically successful upon your return to the College. For more information about possible re-entry stipulations, please refer to the Undergraduate Handbook.