Schedule Changes and Course Withdrawals 1.202
Students making changes to their class schedule after registering may make those changes online at elgin.edu/portal or in the Registration Center. Students may make changes in their schedule until 11:59 pm the day before a class meets for the first time in the second week during fall and spring semesters. During summer session, changes may be made until 11:59 pm the day before the second class meeting. Students may register for an online course by 11:59 pm the day before the section starts.
Changes which can be made during this time include adding classes, dropping one class and adding another, and changing sections of the same course. Changes will be made only if space for effective instruction is available.
Once the semester starts, courses dropped during the timeframe described above will result in a grade of Z. The Z grade carries no academic penalty and is not used in the calculation of the student's grade point average. The Z grade will be used in the calculation of financial aid attempts.
After this time frame, students may still add a class with instructor consent if space for effective instruction is available and prerequisites have been met.
All changes in schedule after the start of the semester are subject to the refund policy at elgin.edu/refunds.
Withdrawal (W) and Administrative Withdrawal (AW)
Students are expected to attend all enrolled classes and to meet the individual attendance requirements given by each of his/her instructors. Under no circumstances should a student stop attending class without formally withdrawing.
Student Initiated Withdrawals
After the drop grace period which results in the Z grade described above, students may formally withdraw from a class to receive a grade of W prior to the "last date to drop" as indicated on the Drop Dates by Section spreadsheet at elgin.edu/withdraw. The W grade carries no academic penalty and is not used in the calculation of the student's grade point average. The W grade will be used in the calculation of financial aid attempts.
Refer to Drop/Withdrawal Dates by Section provided each semester at elgin.edu/withdraw. For each section offered during the semester, Drop Dates by Section includes: Start date, end date, midterm date, last date to drop at 80% tuition refund for a course, last date to drop at 50% tuition refund for a course and last date to drop. See elgin.edu/refunds for the refund policy.
The refund policy is based on the first week of the session in which a class begins and counts only Mondays through Fridays from the first day of the session, not the first day a class meets. It does not include Saturday, Sunday or holidays. Related administrative procedures Refunds for Credit and Non-Credit Courses 2.102 & 2.103.
Faculty Initiated Student Withdrawal
Faculty must withdraw a student from class no later than midterm if the student has never attended. Instructors reserve the right to withdraw a student from class during the withdrawal period due to excessive, unexcused absence or if the student is not actively pursuing completion of the course as stated in the syllabus. To be considered actively pursuing completion in a class, a student must participate in a class or otherwise be engaged in academically related activity, such as contributing to online discussions, submitting assignments, completing tests or initiating contact with a faculty member to ask course related questions prior to the identified 10th day of classes. Students not actively involved may be withdrawn and held responsible for all fees and tuition associated with the class.
Plagiarism, Cheating and other Gross Infractions
Instructors reserve the right to withdraw students from their classes with a failing grade, at any point in the semester, due to plagiarism, cheating or other gross infractions. Formal charges must be filed in accordance with administrative procedure Academic Integrity 4.407.
Withdrawal for Nonpayment
The College reserves the right to cancel a student's enrollment for nonpayment of tuition and fees.
Students may not withdraw themselves from class after the designated withdrawal deadline and need to request an administrative withdrawal from the Dean of Student Services and Development or designee. The process is as follows:
The student formally requests, in writing, an Administrative Withdrawal from the Dean of Student Services and Development or designee. The request must be accompanied by verifiable documentation identifying the reason for withdrawal and the impact that situation will have on enrollment through the remainder of the semester. The documentation will be filed in a confidential file in the Dean of Student Services and Development's Office.
The Dean of Student Services and Development or a designee will review the documentation to determine the appropriateness of the request.
If the Dean of Student Services and Development or the designee does not believe the request is justified, he/she shall notify the student, in writing, of that decision. The student may appeal that decision to the Vice President of Teaching Learning and Student Development within five school days.
If the Dean of Student Services and Development or the designee believes the documentation provides a basis for granting an administrative withdrawal, he/she will notify all affected faculty, in writing. Faculty will have five school days to respond, in writing, to the request. Faculty may respond in one of three ways:
- concur with the finding or
- provide a written response speaking against the withdrawal or
- request a meeting with the Dean of Student Services and Development or the designee to review the case.
If there is no response by the faculty within five school daysthe faculty is deemed to have concurred with the findings of the Dean of Student Services and Development or the designee.
If, after consultation with the faculty, the Dean of Student Services and Development or the designee still believes the administrative withdrawal is warranted, he/she will notify all affected faculty of that decision. If there is still disagreement, the faculty have two school days to voice their concerns to the Vice President of Teaching Learning and Student Development who will then review the decision.
If the request is approved, the student will receive an "AW" (Administrative Withdrawal).
The AW is not used in the calculation of the student's grade point average; however, the AW is used in the calculation of credit hours attempted as part of the financial aid satisfactory academic progress policy. The College refund policy will apply to students who qualify for administrative withdrawal.