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Add / Drop

All CSUSM students are expected to abide by the published Add/Drop Dates for each term. Students permitted to add classes after the add/drop period will be required to pay any additional administrative fee(s) and enrollment fees (if applicable) due immediately. Add/Drop periods can be located by this term.

 

Adding a Course

Once enrollment windows have opened and prior to the first day of the semester, students may add courses online in MyCSUSM.

Beginning the first day of semester, students must secure a permission number from the instructor (or instructor’s designee). The permission number will allow you to add the course online in MyCSUSM. The permission number will not override prerequisites, time conflicts, or holds. Please consult the class schedule or University Catalog if you have questions about pre-requisites or see your advisor. If you are having trouble using your permission number, contact your advisor or visit Cougar Central for assistance.

Dropping a Course

Students should consult with advisors, the Registrar’s Office, or the Class Schedule for current course withdrawal procedures.

DEADLINES REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURES 
On or before the Add/Drop deadline: end of the second week of semester (end of approximately 10% of the academic term).
  • Student may use csusm.edu or visit Cougar Central if assistance is required.
  • No record of the course appears on student records.
  • No signature approval required.
After the Add/Drop deadline, and on or before the 19th day of the semester.
  • Student may use csusm.edu or visit Cougar Central if assistance is required.
  • A grade of “W” appears on student records.
  • No signature approval required.
After the 19th day of the semester, and on or before the last day of the twelfth week of the semester (end of approximately 80% of instruction).
  • Student must demonstrate that the need to withdraw from the course is due to serious and compelling reasons beyond the student’s control, and that a grade of “I” (where acceptable to the instructor) is impractical, given these circumstances.
  • See the withdrawal policy for examples of typical situations for which there is a serious and compelling justification for approving withdrawals, and for examples, which do not meet the intent of “serious and compelling”.
  • Reasons for withdrawal request must be verifiable; appropriate documentation is required.
  • Course Instructor, Department Chair, and Dean/Director of the College/School offering the course (or designee) must sign the Course Withdrawal Form.
  • After obtaining signature approval, student must submit the completed Course Withdrawal Form according to the instructions on the form.
  • Given approval, a grade of “W” appears on student records, and the withdraw counts toward the maximum of 18 semester-units that undergraduate students may withdraw from during their undergraduate career at CSU San Marcos.
Beyond the last day of the twelfth week of the semester (beyond the end of approximately 80% of instruction).
  • Requests for withdrawals after the twelfth week of the semester are seldom granted.
  • Withdrawals will be considered only for accident or serious physical or mental illness, or serious personal or family problems where the cause of the withdrawal is beyond the student’s control, and that a grade of “I” (where acceptable to the instructor) is impractical, given these circumstances.
  • Extenuating circumstances must be presented which prevented the student from withdrawing by the end of the twelfth week of the semester; lack of awareness of the withdrawal procedure is not an extenuating circumstance.
  • Reasons for withdrawal request and the extenuating circumstance must be verifiable; appropriate documentation is required.
  • Course Instructor, Department Chair, and Dean/Director of the College/School offering the course (or designee), and the academic administrator appointed by the President to handle review of such requests must sign the Course Withdrawal Form.
  • After obtaining signature approval, student must submit the completed Course Withdrawal Form according to the instructions on the form.
  • Given approval, a grade of “W” appears on student records, but the withdrawal does not count toward the maximum of 18 semester-units that undergraduate students may withdraw from during their undergraduate career at CSU San Marcos.

* Deadlines are strictly enforced. Students wishing to petition for an exception to a deadline based on circumstances beyond their control may do so in writing on a petition form available in Cougar Central. 

Withdrawals for Extenuating Circumstances

Complete Withdrawal for Medical Reasons. The University may allow a student to withdraw without academic penalty from all classes if the following criteria are met:

  • A completed Withdrawal Form, including any required medical documentation, is submitted to Cougar Central before the end of the semester, and
  • The student presents evidence to demonstrate that a severe medical or debilitating psychological condition prevented the student from attending and/or doing the required work of the courses to the extent that it was impossible to complete the courses.

A grade of “W” will be used for withdrawal from all courses for the term due to medical reasons, and will not be counted toward the maximum 18 units allowable for withdrawals.

Repeat Complete Medical Withdrawal. If the student has been granted a complete medical withdrawal in the subsequent preceding term, then additional medical withdrawal requests must consider the question of whether or not the student can complete appropriate educational objectives, and must be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

After a repeat medical withdrawal is granted, the student may be required to obtain a clearance from an appropriate medical or psychological professional that states the student is well enough to return to classes with the full expectation that the student will be able to complete the semester and intended educational objectives.

Withdrawal Procedures for Students Mobilized for Active Military Duty. Students called for active military duty may withdraw from courses throughout the term without restriction or penalty with the appropriate documentation. For clarification of Veterans Administration policies on withdrawals, incompletes, course repeats, etc., please contact the veterans’ representative located in the Office of Registration and Records.