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Dropping a Class

A class drop is defined as an action which removes a student’s name from enrollment in a specific class, but leaves the student enrolled in the college in one or more classes. The following sections concerning voluntary class drops and drops for absence apply to regular 16-week fall or spring semester classes. Procedures may be different and deadlines are usually earlier for short-term or summer & winter intersession classes. Specific deadline dates are available through you LancerPoint Portal.

A drop from a regular 16-week class is not recorded on the student’s Permanent Record if the effective date is within the first 2 weeks of the semester. A “W” entry is recorded from the third week through the 11th week when such a class is dropped.


Refund Policy

See Refund Policy for information on eligibility and procedures for a refund.

Voluntary Class Drops

Students may voluntarily drop a class by going online to the LancerPoint Portal at

Class Drops Upon Faculty Recommendation

Drops – Absence

Students must be dropped from class for failure to attend the first meeting of the class if they have not made prior arrangements, and may be dropped for failure to attend the second meeting if they have not made prior arrangements with the instructor. Students who arrive late at the first meeting of a class may be dropped. Students may be dropped from a semester-length class for continuous or cumulative absence which total the number of hours the class is scheduled to meet in a two-week period. For short-term courses students may be dropped after missing 11% of the total class hours. Three tardies may be considered the equivalent of one absence. Instructors are required to drop students who have not appeared in class or who are judged to be inactive by the census date (Monday of the 3rd week of the semester for semester length classes).

Drops for Other Causes

  1. Drop for Unsafe or Unsatisfactory Performance — A student whose classroom, clinical, or laboratory actions are dangerous to the health or welfare of the student or other persons may be dropped from the class.
  2. Drop for Unsatisfactory Conduct or Citizenship — A student may be dropped from class for unsatisfactory conduct or citizenship related to the class. This includes, but is not limited to, conduct in a classroom or other setting such as a laboratory, clinic, or work station. Unsatisfactory conduct or citizenship includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, other forms of academic dishonesty, flagrant violation of instructor direction, and actions disruptive to the on-going teaching and learning process.

A student subject to class drops for condition(s) noted in (a) or (b) above should be counseled by the instructor and the department chairperson and given a chance to improve, except when the violation is so flagrant that immediate suspension from class is in order.

If a student is counseled for improvement but there is insufficient improvement in the judgment of the instructor and the department chairperson, or if immediate suspension appears in order, a signed class drop card and a written report on the incident shall be submitted to the Vice President of Student and Learning Services. The Vice President of Student and Learning Services shall obtain and review information available and take action deemed appropriate. The Vice President of Student and Learning Services shall inform the student of due process rights if the class drop or any other discipline is imposed.