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Drop/Add Guidelines

Each term has three different time periods during which different rules for drop/add apply. The dates at which these periods begin and end are very firm, and are listed in the LSA Calendar each term. It is the student's responsibility to know these dates and rules.


PERIOD I - Open Drop/Add 
Weeks 1 to 3 of Full Terms (Weeks 1 to 2 of Half-Terms)

You may drop and add courses at any time via web registration in Wolverine Access. W’s are not posted for courses dropped during this period. Keep in mind that if you are adding a course after classes start, it’s important to check with the instructor to find out what you’ve missed and how/if you’ll be able to make it up.


PERIOD II - Late Drop/Add
Weeks 4 to 9 of Full Terms (Weeks 3 to 5 of Half-Terms)

The deadline to submit your request is 11:59 PM EST on the Late Drop/Add Deadline. But we urge you to submit much earlier in case you need assistance. W’s are posted for courses dropped during this period, regardless of the reason for the drop.

How to Request a Late Drop (New Process Beginning Spring 2016)

STEP 1:  From your Backpack/Registration page in Wolverine Access, select the DROP tab at the top of the screen.

STEP 2:  Select the class, click “Drop,” then click the green button “Request Late Drop.”

STEP 3:  Answer the questions and click “Submit Request” at the bottom.

STEP 4:  Click “OK” on the confirmation page. You will also receive a confirmation email.

How to Track the Progress of Your Late Drop Request

Once you’ve completed these steps, your request to drop will be shared with those who need to approve it. The class is not officially dropped until all approvals are granted, but you can track the progress of your request on Wolverine Access. We recommend that you continue to attend class until your drop has been finalized.Watch your email: Under certain circumstances you may need to meet with your instructor or an academic advisor to complete the process. When the drop is completed, you will receive an email confirmation from the Registrar.

How to Request a Late Add

Note: You will need to obtain an electronic permission (override) from the course instructor. Make sure to talk with the instructor about any work you’ve missed and what the make-up policies are before you add the class.

STEP 1: In your backpack, select the class to add, click “Proceed to Step Two,” then click “Finish Registering.”

STEP 2: Click on the green button “Request Late Add.”

STEP 3: Answer the questions and click “Submit Request” at the bottom.

STEP 4: Click “OK” on the confirmation page. You will also receive a confirmation email.If you have questions please contact the Honors Office.

 

PERIOD III - Drop/Add Only By Exception
After the 9th week of full term (5th week of half-terms)

How to Petition for a Late Drop Exception

You must meet with an academic advisor before submitting this petition. You cannot initiate the petition without that meeting. Schedule an advising appointment.

Do not use this process if you are dropping a mini-course; there is a separate Mini-Course Late Drop Form. Fill out and return to the Honors Office (ask.honors@umich.edu).

Poor academic performance is not an acceptable reason for a late drop after the late drop deadline. Course drops can only be considered if all of these conditions are met:

  • A serious, documented non-academic event or issue occurred after the late drop deadline.
  • The non-academic event/issue prevented you from finishing the class.
  • You were passing the class up to the point you stopped attending.
  • You can explain why/how the non-academic event/issue impacted only the class you are asking to drop, not your other classes.

The Honors Academic Board will meet to consider your request, and will inform you by email of the decision.

The deadline to submit a Petition for Late Drop is always the last day of classes of the term. Refer to the academic calendar for specific dates for each term.

How to Petition for a Late Add Exception

You and your instructor must fill out a Petition for an Exception to the Late Add Deadline. You must have an electronic permission (whether the course is open or closed). Late adds require the student to provide an explanation that the course instructor must substantiate. In most cases the student has been attending and doing the work throughout the term, but something prevented them from registering earlier. The Honors Academic Board will meet to consider your request and will inform you by email of the decision. 

The deadline to submit a Petition for Late Add is always the last day of classes of the term. Refer to the academic calendar for specific dates for each term.

 

After PERIOD III - Retroactive Drop/Add

After the last day of classes, any request for a drop or add requires a petition for a retroactive change to the transcript. Approval of retroactive requests is extremely rare. You must present documentation of extraordinary circumstances, and you must be able to provide evidence that you were unable to request the add or drop during the semester. You are not eligible for a retroactive drop if you took the final exam or otherwise completed the course. If you’d like to discuss a possible petition, schedule an appointment to meet with a member of the Honors Academic Board.

 

Tuition Changes Resulting From Drops/Adds

In some circumstances, dropping or adding a course may result in an increase or decrease in tuition.Dropping All ClassesDropping all of your classes at any point in the semester is considered a term withdrawal.The complete College policies on dropping and adding can be found here.