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  • Dropping Courses and Withdrawals

    Dropping Courses

    • Courses can be dropped or added during drop/add without penalty. Classes that meet for the first time after drop/add closes can be dropped without penalty or fee liability if the request is submitted by the end of the next business day after the first class meeting. You first must drop the course with your college advising office and then submit a written explanation to the Office of the University Registrar.
      This does not apply to laboratory sections.
    • After drop/add, you can drop a course by college petition up to the deadline listed in the academic calendar. A grade of W will appear on the transcript, and you are liable for course fees.
    • All drops after drop/add must be completed by the deadline with your college advising office 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; full-term withdrawals from all courses and dropped courses do not count in hours carried).
      • 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. More information is available from the Disability Resource Center.
      • 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 your college.
      • After the deadline, you may petition to drop provided you can document sufficient reason, usually hardship or medical condition occurring after the deadline.
    • Failure to attend a class does not constitute a drop.
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    Withdrawal formally drops all courses in a term.
    Please read the withdrawal instructions carefully before submitting your withdrawal online.

    • 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 may receive WF grades in all courses and will be subject to dismissal.
    • Students who leave UF without withdrawing formally receive failing grades.
    • Students on university 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. Check with your college regarding any college specific academic probation.
    • After you withdraw, please contact the Dean of Students Office for additional information if you are withdrawing for medical reasons or for a retroactive medical withdrawal.

    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. These students 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 the fees and fiscal section.) If the student chooses to withdraw, the 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.

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