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Dropping or Withdrawing from Courses

As a registered student it is your responsibility to drop courses you do not plan to attend. The professor’s signature is not required.

You may drop courses on the web through your mySierra account or in person at the Admissions Office.

If you do not attend or stop attending courses and fail to personally drop by the Deadline to Withdraw and receive a W, you may receive a letter grade. You may also be responsible for paying full course fees. For refund information visit Refund Information

Enrollment Status

Students are responsible for their enrollment status at all times. Credit will not be given for courses in which the student is not officially enrolled.

For purposes of student enrollment verifications:

  • A full-time student is considered to be one enrolled in 12 or more units during a semester.
  • A half-time student is one enrolled in 6-11.5 units.
  • A part-time student is one enrolled in less than 6 units.
  • For the summer session, 4 units is considered full-time.

How to Drop Classes

You may drop courses on the web through your mySierra account or in person at the Admissions Office. For further details please refer to our 'Registration webpage.'

What Happens if you Fail to Drop Classes

If you do not attend courses, or stop attending courses and fail to personally drop your course by the Deadline to Withdraw to receive a “W”, you may receive a letter grade.

Refunds

For refund information, see Refunds.

Full-term Courses

Full-term courses dropped within the Add/ Drop/ Refund Period will not appear on the student’s academic record. Courses dropped after this period will appear on the student’s record with a “W” and are called withdrawals. The academic record of a student who remains in class beyond the deadline to withdraw will reflect a grade other than “W.”

For Full-term courses please refer to the Semester Calendar for the applicable semester to determine the Add/ Drop/ Refund Deadline or the Deadline to Withdraw and receive a “W.”

Withdrawing from a Non-Repeatable Class

Before you consider withdrawing from a class, please be aware that you have only three attempts at a non-repeatable class to pass it. A grade of W counts as one attempt.

State regulations restrict the number of times students can enroll in the same class if it is not designated as repeatable. Effective summer 2012 students will be limited to no more than three attempts to achieve a satisfactory grade of C or better. Withdrawing from a class now counts along with substandard grades in those three attempts. This new policy is retroactive; therefore, spring 2012 may be the last opportunity students have to pass a class they have attempted more than twice. Please see an academic counselor for more specific information or assistance.

Short-term and Fast-Track Courses

Short-term and Fast-track courses have their own individual deadlines which can be verified by the professor or by calling Admissions and Records at (916) 660-7340. All deadlines for each Short-term and Fast-track course are also printed on your class schedule/ fee receipt located in your mySierra account.

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