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Office of the University Registrar

2005-06 Undergraduate Catalog

Dropping Courses and Withdrawals

Dropping Courses

  • Courses can be dropped or added during the drop/add period without penalty. Classes that meet for the first time after the drop/add period can be dropped without academic penalty or fee liability by the end of the next business day after the first meeting. This does not apply to laboratory sections.
  • After drop/add, a course can be dropped up to the date established in the university calendar. A grade of W will appear on the transcript, and students will be held liable for course fees.
  • All drops after the drop/add period must be submitted to the Office of the University Registrar by the deadline and are subject to the following restrictions:
    • Students get two drops in their first 60 credit hours attempted at UF (hours carried plus S/U credits and repeats of satisfactory grades, not counting full-term withdrawals from all courses).
    • Students get two additional drops in the second 60 credit hours. Unused drops do not carry over from the freshman/sophomore years to the junior/senior years.
    • Students with disabilities who need to drop a course due to disability-related reasons are allowed to petition for additional drops. For more information, contact Disability Resources in the Dean of Students Office.
    • Students transferring to UF with an A.A. degree from a Florida public community college or with 60 or more transfer credits earned from another college or university get only two drops.
    • Students who can document extenuating circumstances may petition their college for additional drops.
    • Approval to drop a course must be obtained from the studentís college.
    • After the deadline, students may petition to drop provided they can document sufficient reason, usually hardship or medical condition occurring after the deadline.

  • Failure to attend a class does not constitute a drop.


The Dean of Students Office coordinates withdrawal procedures. Withdrawal formally drops all courses in a term.

  • Students who withdraw after drop/add and before the deadline for withdrawal will receive a grade of W for all courses.
  • Any student who withdraws after the deadline will receive WF grades in all courses and will be subject to dismissal.
  • Students who leave UF without withdrawing normally receive failing grades.
  • Students on academic probation who withdraw from UF before the deadline will continue on probation until their grade point deficit is reduced to zero. Students on Admissions Committee probation must meet the terms of their probation.

Withdrawal Due to Military Service: Per Florida Statute 1004.07, any student enrolled in a postsecondary course or courses at a state university shall not incur academic or financial penalties by virtue of performing military service on behalf of our country. Such student shall be permitted the option of completing the course(s) at a later date without penalty or withdrawing from the course(s) with a full refund of fees paid. (Refer to refund of fees information in fees and fiscal section.) If the student chooses to withdraw, the studentís record shall reflect that the withdrawal is due to active military service.

National Guard Troops Ordered into Active Service: Per Florida Statute 250.482, if a member of the Florida National Guard is ordered into active service, no private or public employer, and no employing or appointing authority of this state, its counties, municipalities, political subdivisions, community colleges, or universities, shall discharge, reprimand, or in any other way penalize such member because of his or her absence by reason of state active duty.