Faculty Handbook 2016–17
draft in progress

Makeup Exams and Course Withdrawal

Makeup Exams
Makeup exams are given at the discretion of individual faculty members, typically only for illness or other serious, justified absences. Please consult with your chair or director if you need a staff member to proctor the exam.

Withdrawal From a Course: The “W” Grade
After add/drop period until the ninth week of classes, students can withdraw from a course and receive a grade of “W” for that semester. This grade, which represents withdrawal without prejudice, appears on the transcript and is not calculated in the grade point average. Withdrawal forms cannot be accepted after the deadline published in the academic calendar.

Note: “W” grades may affect the student’s satisfactory academic progress as well as eligibility for financial aid, housing, and/or participation in varsity sports.

Freshman-Year Withdrawal Policy
For both academic and financial reasons, freshmen are strongly encouraged not to withdraw from 1000- and 2000-level courses during their first two semesters. Students struggling in a course should meet with their advisor as soon as possible to discuss the best course of action. In some circumstances, freshmen will be allowed to withdraw from a 1000- or 2000-level course, but they must first obtain the written permission (on an official withdrawal form) of both their advisor and the associate dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences or the assistant dean of the School of the Arts.

First-semester freshmen who earn a semester GPA of 1.0 or lower will be automatically dismissed from the college. Students may appeal this dismissal. For complete information, please refer to the Freshman-Year Withdrawal Policy in the Undergraduate Core Curriculum section of the Purchase College site.

Updated June 7, 2016


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