Late Drop Request

The College of Letters & Science policy is that students must drop semester-long courses by the end of the 9th week of classes. Courses may not be dropped after the 9th week except in extremely unusual circumstances, and only with the approval of a dean. (Please note that summer term drop deadlines are usually within the first week or two of a particular summer session. See Summer Key Deadlines for more specific details.)

If the class(es) you hope to drop are still in progress, please use the Late Drop Form below. If you wish to drop a class that was taken in a previous term, please visit the Retroactive Drop Request page.

To request a drop, you must BOTH:

  • Submit this completed form (see below)
  • Schedule an appointment to meet with an academic dean. (Please call L&S Undergraduate Academic Deans' Services at 608-262-0617 to schedule an appointment to speak with an academic dean).

Late Drop Request Form

A student MUST first read through the Late Drop information above and THEN fill out the information below.  Please note that in order to obtain a drop after the official deadline, it is important that an individual provides strong documentation of verifiable circumstances beyond a student's control which prevented the student from dropping the course in a timely manner.  Extenuating circumstances should have occurred and can be well documented.  Examples of documentation that should be provided are as follows:

  • Death of a family member or friend
    • Obituary or death certificate
    • Letter from counselor
    • Documentation should include date and indicate relationship to the deceased
  • Family Issues
    • Letter from therapist or counselor
  • Medical Issues (serious illness, hospitalization, mental health, change in health status)
    • Letter from doctor with advised period of recovery
    • Record of doctor visits
    • Hospitalization records
    • Copies of medical bills documenting illness/injury
    • Letter from doctor, therapist, or counselor

Please feel free to provide written feedback from your instructor(s) regarding your class participation and academic performance if you believe this information would be helpful to the academic dean reviewing your situation.

Providing documentation *is not *a guarantee that a student's request to drop or retroactively drop a class will be granted. Earning a poor grade in a course, not being aware of deadlines, or not receiving feedback on an examination until after the deadline are a few examples that are not considered strong reasons for obtaining a drop after the deadline.

After filling out the form below, a student must call the L&S Undergraduate Academic Deans' Services at (608) 262-0617 to schedule an appointment to speak with an academic dean.

Please be sure to print a copy of the information - before you hit "SUBMIT" - to keep for your records.**

All Fields Below Require an Answer


Full Name:*
Campus ID:*
How many credits will you still be enrolled in if you are granted a late drop?**
Are you an F1/J1 Student Visa Holder?**
Are you a student athlete?**

Are you using financial aid that may be affected by obtaining a late drop for this term?**
Do you live in University Housing?**
Which course(s) do you want to drop? (e.g., Math 221, Econ 101, Chem 103, etc.)*
Have you been attending this class (or classes)?**
When did you stop attending the class if you have not been attending?
What circumstances prevented you form dropping the class(es) by the drop deadline OR prevent you from completing the course? (You will have the opportunity to discuss your situation and share supporting documentation in more detail during your individual meeting with an academic dean.)*
Why are your circumstances affecting this class (or classes) differently than the other classes in which you wish to remain enrolled?*
Briefly describe the factors you have considered as you decided to try to drop the classes(s).*
Have you spoken with your instructor(s) or advisor(s) as you made the decision to try to drop the class(es)?*
Can you document or verify the situation you describe? Will you be able to provide this documentation during your meeting with an academic dean? (You may, if necessary, provide documentation after your conversation with a dean. Please be aware that this may delay a decision.)*

**In addition to submitting this form, you must call (608) 262-0617 to schedule an appointment with an academic dean. Please note that a student will not automatically get an appointment to speak with an academic dean just by filling out this online form.

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