(The following was adapted from the Policies and Procedures)
After registration in the spring for courses to be taken in the following fall semester, upper division students may drop or add courses any time through the end of the first week of classes in the fall. After registration in the fall for courses to be taken in the following spring semester, upper division students may drop or add courses through the end of the first week of classes in the spring. There is no drop/add period for summer sessions.
Courses that are dropped during the drop/add period will not appear on a student's transcript. Students are responsible for checking their class schedule to ensure they are attending all courses listed on their registration. Students who have not officially dropped a course will receive a failing grade if he or she does not attend the course. Likewise, students who are not officially enrolled in a course will not receive credit or a grade for the course if it is not listed on his or her registration.
Students may not withdraw from an upper-division course after the normal drop/add period without the approval of the Academic Status Committee. If the Academic Status Committee permits a student to withdraw from a course, a "W" will be entered next to the name of the course on the student's transcript to reflect this action. Withdrawals from courses after the drop/add period are only granted by the Academic Status Committee for rare and compelling reasons. Under no circumstances may a student withdraw from a course after the last day of class for that course. All requests to the Academic Status Committee must be in writing, signed, and delivered to the Office of the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Email requests must be sent from the student's official Duquesne email account, and the student bears the burden of ensuring receipt.