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Dropping Courses: The start of each term has a “Drop/Add” period. Drop/Add is the only time during which students may “drop” a course completely without either academic or financial penalties. After this period, students will need to officially “withdraw” from their courses, with academic and/or financial penalties, as stated below. 

Course Withdrawal: A course withdrawal is the result of students’ decisions to remove themselves from one or more, but not all, courses after the Drop/Add period ends. If the students withdraw prior to the withdrawal deadline, they receive a grade of W (withdraw) on their transcript. If the students withdraw after the deadline, they will receive a grade of WF (withdraw-fail) on their transcript. The withdrawal deadline is at the midpoint of the term, as detailed on the Academic Calendar.  

Note: A grade of W has no effect on a student’s GPA, but a grade of WF will factor into the student’s grade point average (GPA) as a grade of F. Withdrawing from college courses can negatively impact the Standards of Academic Progress for Financial Aid. Students should discuss withdrawal with Academic Support and Financial Aid before withdrawing from a course. Click here for the online course withdrawal form. 

Withdrawal from a Co-Requisite Learning Support Course: Students who wish to withdraw from a co-requisite Learning Support course must also withdraw from the collegiate-level course for which the Learning Support course is a co-requisite.  

Full Withdrawal: Students who voluntarily withdraw from the College must first consult with Academic Support to begin the process and complete a “Student Full Withdrawal Form.” Students who withdraw from the College prior to midterm will receive a grade of W (withdraw) in all courses in which they are enrolled. Students who withdraw from the College after the midterm will receive a grade of WF (withdraw-fail) in all courses in which they are enrolled. 

Source: ABAC Catalog

Emergency Withdrawal

If a non-academic emergency prevents a student from completing their coursework (e.g., severe medical problems, traumatic events) and when the timing or nature of the emergency prevents them from voluntarily withdrawing from their classes, they may request an Emergency Withdrawal. This guideline provides information for the student to submit the request and also provides information on the process.

Emergency Withdrawals are subject to the following restrictions:

  • A student must initiate an application for an Emergency Withdrawal no later than one academic year after the semester in which the courses were taken.

  • A student may be granted an Emergency Withdrawal for a maximum of two non-consecutive semesters of their enrollment at ABAC.

  • A student may not request an Emergency Withdrawal after degree conferral.

  • An Emergency Withdrawal usually applies to all courses for the semester, but in exceptional cases, an Emergency Withdrawal may be granted for some but not all of the courses. The request for a partial emergency withdrawal will need to be justified at the time of application.

 Emergency Occurred Before the Midpoint or Last Day to Withdraw

A student is expected to voluntarily withdraw from their classes if an emergency occurs prior to the midpoint of the semester, regardless of the reason for the withdrawal (see Full Withdrawal). Whether or not a student had the ability to withdraw from classes before the semester midpoint is considered in determining the approval of an Emergency Withdrawal request. A student who lives on campus should apply for an Emergency Withdrawal to deem if a breach of contract is applicable.

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