After final registration, students may make changes to their schedules during the schedule adjustment period. Students may add classes to or drop classes from their registration. Tuition and fees are not assessed and final grades are not given for dropped classes. Students may view the schedule adjustment dates on the Academic Calendar.
Drop for Non-Attendance (No Show)
Students shall be reported for non-attendance, also referred to as “No Show,” when they never attend an on-campus class or never log-in for an online class during the first full week of classes. Students who do not drop a class during the schedule adjustment period and are reported for non-attendance will be automatically dropped from that course. Neither the course(s) nor any grade(s) will appear on the student's permanent record. Students reported for non-attendance in a required Learning Support or English as a Second Language course will be withdrawn from all collegiate level (1000 or 2000-level) courses in which that student is concurrently enrolled (except GPCS 1020 and activity PE classes) and the grades will be recorded as a "W." Students who fail to attend a science class (BIOL, CHEM, PHYS) with a corresponding co-requisite class will be withdrawn from the co-requisite class with a grade of "W." There will be no reinstatements for students who do not attend class during the "No Show" period.
Georgia Perimeter College encourages students to complete all courses in which they enroll in order to achieve their educational goals. If a student is contemplating withdrawal from one or all courses in a given semester, the first action should always be to talk to a faculty member, department head, or advisor. Alternative solutions may be found in order to avoid the unfortunate decision to withdraw.
If all other options have been exhausted, withdrawal is available as a last resort. Two types of withdrawal processes are described below. The first is for students who are withdrawing from individual courses. The second is for students who are withdrawing from the college as a whole.
Students who reduce their course load may be jeopardizing their financial aid status and must always consult with the Financial Aid office before making any withdrawal decisions. Due to the federal withdrawal calculation, a student could owe money to the Department of Education, Georgia Perimeter College, or to a lending agency/guarantor.
Students enrolled in required English as a Second Language (those beginning with ENSL prefix) courses have additional considerations described below that may be affected by withdrawal decisions.
Student Initiated Withdrawals
The responsibility for withdrawal from courses rests with the student. Instructors will not withdraw students except as outlined under the Automatic Withdrawal section of the policy. Students who stop attending a course without formally requesting to withdraw are subject to their instructors’ published attendance policies as stated in the course syllabus. In most cases, this will result in receiving an “F” for the course. In order to avoid grade reductions or failures, students must follow the procedures specified below:
- Consult the official Academic Calendar for the current year to determine whether the withdrawal date is before or after the midpoint of the course.
- Confer with an Academic and Financial Aid Advisor to help determine if a withdrawal is appropriate.
- If a decision to withdraw is made, the student should log into the Student Information System (SIS) to begin the official request for a Withdrawal.
- Students are required to read and accept the Advising, Counseling and Retention Services (ACRS) Agreement explaining their rights, responsibilities and consequences of submitting a Withdrawal request.
- Students are required to read and accept the Financial Aid Agreement explaining their rights, responsibilities and consequences of submitting a Withdrawal request.
Prior to midpoint of course
- Students who officially withdraw from collegiate level (1000 or 2000-level) or Learning Support courses receive a grade of "W."
- Students taking only English as a Second Language courses who officially withdraw receive a grade of "W."
- Students taking a mixture of both required English as a Second Language courses and collegiate-level courses will not be allowed to withdraw from any English as a Second Language course unless they also withdraw from all collegiate level courses.
After midpoint of course
Students who withdraw after the mid-point have until seven days prior to the end of the semester to submit a Withdrawal Request via the Student Information System (SIS) to earn a grade of "WF." During the last seven days, no withdrawal requests will be accepted for processing. There are circumstances whereby a student can petition for a hardship withdrawal.
Withdrawal from All Courses
Students withdrawing from all courses for which they are registered are considered to be withdrawn from the college for that semester. Students' records remain active for three consecutive semesters until their status is considered "inactive." Students considering withdrawing from the college should confer with an advisor. If a decision to withdraw is made, a Withdrawal Request must be completed in the Student Information System (SIS). Course withdrawal policies are also applicable to college withdrawals.
Instructor Initiated Withdrawals
GPC no longer recognizes the practice formerly known as “Instructor-Initiated Withdrawals,” except for automatic withdrawals resulting from co- and pre-requisite violations in English as a Second Language courses and Drops for Non-Attendance (No Show).
- English as a Second Language courses
- Science co-requisites (withdrawal from either lecture or lab will necessitate automatic withdrawal from the co-requisite in BIOL, CHEM, PHYS.)
Students enrolled in both required Learning Support courses (those numbered below 1000) or English as a Second Language courses (those beginning with ENSL prefix) AND collegiate level (1000 or 2000-level) courses must adhere to published attendance policies for Learning Support courses or English as a Second Language courses in order to remain enrolled in their courses. Any student who violates the published attendance policy of a required Learning Support course in English or reading or English as a Second Language course before midterm will be automatically withdrawn with a grade of “W” from that course. English as a Second Language students withdrawn in this way will also be withdrawal from all collegiate level (1000 or 2000-level) courses in which that student is concurrently enrolled.
Students Attending on Student Visas
A student attending GPC on an F-1 (student) Visa/Status may not withdraw from any class unless (a) the student will still remain registered full-time (12 credit hours) for courses following the withdrawal, or (b) the student receives permission from an advisor in the International Student Admissions and Advising office.
Students who are called to active military duty during a term may be withdrawn from all courses with a 100% refund. Students in this situation must submit a copy of their orders indicating activation along with the Withdrawal request in the Student Information System (SIS). These students may return to the college with no penalty. Students should consult Financial Aid if they are using student loans, Pell Grant, or HOPE to determine the impact of the withdrawal.