Add, Drop or Withdraw from Classes

At WCTC, it is the student's responsibility to drop or withdraw from a course for personal or academic reasons. A grade will be issued to students who fail to drop or withdraw from a class. Consult the timelines below, then use the drop/withdrawal form to drop or withdraw from a class, if applicable.

There are several types of drops and withdrawals:

  • Student Drop: A student may drop a course during the refund period. A drop does not appear on an academic transcript.
  • Instructor Drop: An instructor will drop a student for non-attendance at the first class or within the first weeks of class. A drop does not appear on an academic transcript.
  • Student Withdrawal: After the refund period, a student may withdraw from a course up to 80 percent of the course duration. A withdrawal (W) will appear on the academic transcript. Instructors will not initiate a student withdrawal.
    • The "W" grade is not included in a CPA and is not counted in credits earned toward graduation.
    • Students who withdraw after the refund period are fully responsible for tuition and fees.
  • Instructor Withdrawal: An instructor may withdraw a student, up to 80 percent of course duration, for violation of course policy. An instructor will assign a "W" on the roster. After 80 percent of course duration, a letter grade other than "W" is assigned.
  • Administrative Withdrawal: WCTC reserves the right to withdraw a student from a course for policy violations or extenuating circumstances.

Timelines to Add, Drop or Withdraw from a Class

The 80 percent of course duration timeline is outlined below, based on the length of the class:

  • 16-week class: three weeks before the last class
  • 8-week class: two weeks before the last class
  • 6-week class: one week before the last class

To add a class:

Class Start Mode of Registration Approval Required
One day prior to class start date Web, in-person or over the phone None
Up to start time of class In person or over the phone None
After start time of class In person Associate Dean

To drop a class:

Class Start Mode of Dropping
Prior to start of semester Web, in person or over the phone
Prior to start date of class In person or over the phone
Start date of class In person, over the phone or online drop form
Prior to 80 percent completion of the course In person, over the phone or online drop form
After 80 percent completion of the course Student will receive a letter grade.

WCTC reserves the right to deny access to specific classes including Basic Skills courses.