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Administrative Drop

Spring 2024 Changes to Administrative Drops
During the first week of the Spring 2024 semester, we know that some students may be confused or misunderstand the requirement to attend class. To mitigate enrollment issues and further frustration for students and faculty alike, we will ask that requests for administrative drops be submitted the second week of classes.

Administrative drop requests submitted during the second week will be processed as quickly as possible. If you have a pressing need to drop a student, please consult with your Associate Dean. 


What is it?

Administrative Drop is a policy that permits instructors drop a student from a class if they have not met certain conditions, including:

    • the student's attendance at specified class meetings, and/or
    • proof of having satisfied the enrollment requirements 

Why is it important?

    • opens up seats for other students
    • ensures that students are not awarded financial aid that must later be returned upon discovery that the student did not attend (this not only positively impacts the student, but may also save the university money).

Request Process

Requests are only accepted during the add/drop period from faculty (Aug. 28 - Sep. 11). After the add/drop period, students must withdraw from the class. For more information on how students withdraw (or request a withdrawal), visit the Course Withdrawal page.

Please note Administrative Course Drop requests received by 5:00pm will be processed by 12:00pm the next day during the add/drop period.

To request an administrative drop

For Summer 2023 classes, please send an email to to request an administrative drop. The steps below apply only to Fall and Spring classes.