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Administrative Drop

What is it?

Administrative Drop is a procedure that offers instructors the option of making enrollment in a course contingent upon the following:

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

Instructors are not required to drop students for non-attendance or lack of enrollment requirements; however, there are important benefits for both the individual student, as well as the campus community:

  • 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. After the add/drop period, students will need to Withdraw from the class. For more information on how students withdraw (or request a withdrawal), visit the Course Withdrawal page.

To request an administrative drop, please send an email to from your email address, with the following information:

Subject Line: Administrative Course Drop Subject/Catalog Number (example: Administrative Course Drop GEL 101)


  • Subject/catalog number
  • Class number
  • Student name
  • Student ID
  • Reason for the course drop (Attendance or Enrollment Requirement)
    • Example:
GEL 101
Robert Cougar


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