Students are expected to complete courses for which they register. Students who wish to adjust their class schedules may add or drop classes before the end of the second week of semester classes and before the end of the first week of quarter classes. Drops made during the first two weeks of a semester course or the first week of a quarter course will not appear on a student's transcript. If students deem it necessary to reduce their program after the normal add/drop period, they should do so as early as possible.
"Withdrawal" or "W" is a drop grade given to students who drop a full semester course after the end of the second week (as designated by the Drop Retain Record date in Access Stout).
Drops of full semester courses after the second week and before the end of the 10th week of the semester require instructor approval.
Drops of full semester courses after the 10th week of the semester (designated by the Drop with Penalty date in Access Stout) are allowed only when there are extenuating circumstances. Extenuating Circumstances are defined as follows: A new and unexpected extraordinary circumstance that interrupted the student's ability to adhere to UW-Stout's policies, attend classes, or complete the semesters. Things that can fall under "new or unexpected extraordinary circumstances" include, but are not limited to, death of an immediate family member (parent, child, spouse, or sibling), significant physical or mental health issue (for self, or immediate family member) and natural disasters. If the Dean of Students corroborates the circumstances and approves the drop, the grade of "W" will be given. The Dean of Students shall inform the course instructor and the associated dean (or associate dean) in the college of the student that the student has dropped the course.
The last day to drop a full semester course is the day classes end (designated by the Drop with Greater Penalty date in Access Stout) for the semester. After this date classes can no longer be dropped. Courses may not be dropped during Evaluation Week.
These drop grades are issued after the drop is processed. The drop grade is posted on the student transcript, however, it does not affect their GPA.
For help with finding these dates, use the step by step guide to view your course deadlines. The dates to be aware of are: Drop Retain Record date, Drop with Penalty date, and Drop with Greater Penalty date.