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Aug. 14, 2006
Contact: Todd Cohen, University Relations, (785) 864-8866.

KU eliminates last-day class withdrawals without grade consequences

LAWRENCE — Starting this fall all University of Kansas students — except law students — will have far less time to drop a class. Dropped courses will no longer affect a student’s grade point average.

Under the new policy, students cannot withdraw from a course after 60 days of classes. Previously, students could drop a course on the last or 75th day of class before final exams.

The old policy also allowed instructors to assign a “W” grade, which did not count in the KU grade point average, or an “F,” which did count. Now instructors can assign “WP” (withdrawal passing) or “WF” (withdrawal failing) grades but neither grade will count in the grade point average.

“The previous policy was unfair to students who could not enroll in a class because it was full. A student who is not committed to finishing a course should not be allowed to fill a seat indefinitely,” said Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Richard Lariviere. “This change is part of our effort to enable and encourage students to graduate in four years.”

Lariviere also said the new policy will encourage more students to complete more courses each semester and finish their degree requirements in four years, an overall university goal.

Under the new policy:

— Students continue to have three weeks after classes start to withdraw their enrollment without their enrollment in the class recorded on their transcript. This fall, that first deadline is Sept. 7. Classes begin Aug. 17.
— Students who withdraw after that initial deadline will have the class recorded on their transcript with either the WP or WF indicator. This will be based upon their grade in the class at the time. The last day to drop or withdraw will be based on the 60th instructional day of class — this fall that date is Nov. 13.
— Students will no longer be allowed to drop or withdraw after the 60th instructional day of class.

The policy affects students on the Lawrence and Edwards campuses. The policy is waived for certain classes involving internships and practicums. Law students are exempt as their grade is based upon exams at the end of the semester.

University Governance’s Academic Policies and Procedures Committee, which consisted of faculty, students and staff members, proposed the policy change, which was approved by the provost.

Under another policy change, students will have slightly fewer days to decide whether to take a class for credit that counts toward graduation or earn no credit. All details and deadlines for the fall and spring semester are available on the Office of the Registrar Web site.

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