Course Drop/Course Withdrawal

A student may drop a course any time before 10% of the contact hours for that course have been completed by notifying the Registrar via Platt College email, in person, or in writing.  Once a student has notified the Registrar of his/her intent to drop a course prior to 10% of the contact hours for that course have been completed, the Registrar will send official documentation to the student that must be completed and signed by the student in order to drop the course.  If a student drops a course prior to 10% of the contact hours, then the course does not appear on the student's transcript, the student is not charged for the course, and that enrollment in the course does not factor into the maximum number of enrollments being two in any one course in the program.

After 10% of the contact hours for a class have elapsed, a student must withdraw from the course by notifying the Registrar via Platt College email, in person, or in writing.  Once a student has notified the Registrar of his/her intent to withdraw from a course, the Registrar will send official documentation to the student that must be completed and signed by the student in order to withdraw from the course. Students may be required to sign an advising form.  A student may withdraw by email, in person, or in writing from a course at Platt College by 12 a.m. MST on or before the Sunday immediately proceeding of the 8th week of the quarter.

The student is considered enrolled in a course until the Registrar has been notified and any paperwork required has been completed. Failure to notify the Registrar or sign required paperwork will result in the student receiving a failing grade for the course and affect the student’s GPA. Students will be charged for a course if they withdraw after 10% of the contact hours for a class have elapsed.

Although grades of “W" do not affect the student’s GPA, they are permanently recorded on the student’s transcript.  Students may withdraw from courses up until and through the eighth week of each quarter.  Withdrawals cannot be made week 9 through finals week. A student who withdraws from a course is charged for the course regardless of withdrawal reason.

Platt College is committed to helping students achieve their academic goals; however, we realize that sometimes circumstances may arise that prevent students from successfully completing coursework as planned. Dropping or withdrawing from a course can have financial and academic implications that should be taken into consideration when making this decision.

Is withdrawing the best option?

This decision can potentially impact your academic and financial aid standing and should only be done if it is your only option. The first thing you can do before withdrawing from a class is talk with your faculty member.

Your faculty member can review your progress in a specific course based on the grading criteria stated in the syllabus and your participation and grades earned to date. 

The Academic Support and Career Services Coordinator can also assist students in using SMARThinking tutorial service, provided for students 24/7.

Another consideration students need to review before withdrawing from a course is that according to Policy 02:24:00 Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), a student may only enroll in any one course a maximum of two times regardless of the reason for enrollment/re-enrollment (failure, withdraw, and/or LOA).    

What is the difference between a course drop and a course withdrawal?

 If a student drops a course prior to 10% of the contact hours, then the student does not receive a grade for the course, the course does not appear on the student's transcript, the student is not charged for the course, and that enrollment in the course does not factor into the maximum number of enrollments being two in any one course in the program.

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