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Withdrawal Policies

General Withdrawal Information

  • A student may withdraw from a course, or the University, after the administrative drop for non-payment until the withdrawal deadline listed in the Academic Calendar.
  • Any courses from which a student withdraws will be assigned a grade of "W." If a student stops attending class and does not officially withdraw, a final grade of "F" will be assigned. Once grades for a semester have been posted, withdrawals will not be permitted.
  • After the close of the add/drop period through the 25 percent refund deadline, students who completely withdraw from all courses for the semester and have paid tuition in full will receive a 25 percent refund (less repeat assessment, excess hour assessment, and capital and improvement fees). This refund is dependent upon meeting the deadline date indicated in the Academic Calendar as the last day to receive a 25 percent refund, approximately 4 weeks into the term. The 25 percent refund applies only to fall, spring, and cross-term summer classes - summer A, B, 8-week, and 10-week classes are not eligible for a 25 percent refund.
  • Withdrawing from class(es) does not relieve the student from financial liability. Please refer to the refund policy to determine your eligibility for a refund.

Withdrawal Limitation

All undergraduate students are limited to a total of six UNF course withdrawals regardless of the number of credit hours per course. This includes:

  • Three (3) course withdrawals at the 1000/2000 level
  • Three (3) course withdrawals at the 3000/4000 level

Unused withdrawals are forfeited and may not be carried forward. After the withdrawal limit is reached, students will be blocked from further course withdrawals by the University's registration system. 

Any undergraduate course withdrawals that took place prior to fall 2013 do not count toward the limit but will continue to be reflected on the student's transcript. Courses with a grade of "WM" (Medical Withdrawal), "WS" (Withdrawal for Military Service), "WR" and "WA" (administrative withdrawals) are not counted in the limitation. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor prior to completing a course withdrawal if there are questions about how this will affect the academic record or future coursework options. Any student receiving financial aid should inquire about federal aid and scholarship award consequences and obligations.

A student who has exceeded their withdrawal limit as a result of extraordinary, documented circumstances may appeal for exceeding the withdrawal limit to the Student Petition of Academic Policy (SPAP) Committee prior to the end of classes of the term in which the student is enrolled. Learn more about the SPAP process.

Please note that the University does not have a withdrawal limit policy for graduate students. However, graduate programs may have their own requirements, therefore students are advised to first consult with their graduate program director before withdrawing from any course.

Instructions for Withdrawing

  • Log in to myWings
  • Click Student Records tile
  • Select Student Self-Service
  • Choose Registration
  • Click on Withdraw Courses

To withdraw from a class, select the Term and click the Submit button. Select "Withdraw" as the New Registration Status for the course(s) you'd like to process and click the Withdraw Courses button. The Current Registration Status will change to "Withdrawn" if the submission is successful. Please confirm that the Current Registration Status has changed to "Withdrawn" before leaving the page.


Withdrawal After the Deadline

If an unusual circumstance prevented you from withdrawing prior to the deadline, you may be able to petition. 

You may submit a Student Petition of Academic Policy to petition for late withdrawal if there are extenuating circumstances clearly beyond your control. Documentation of the circumstances must be attached to all petitions. View the University's current official Withdrawal policy

The Process

  • Complete the online form via myWings: Student Records tile > Student Self-Service > Online Forms > Student Petition of Academic Policy (under Appeals and Petitions); use Petition Type: Withdrawal After Deadline
  • Enter comments summarizing your request and specifying the course from which you are requesting a late withdrawal; enter the CRN(s) for the course in the designated field(s)
  • In the Supporting Documentation section enter a detailed statement explaining the extenuating circumstances which prevented you from withdrawing by the deadline
  • Attach documentation that supports the statement of extenuating circumstances
  • If you currently receive financial aid, contact One-Stop Student Services.
  • The Student Petition of Academic Policy will be electronically routed to your academic advisor, instructor and the chairperson of the department offering the course for review and recommended decision
  • Once all recommended decisions are entered, the request will be reviewed by the Student Petition of Academic Policy (SPAP) Committee
  • You will receive notification of the final outcome via your official UNF email in myWings
  • To monitor the status of your petition, or to see comments related to the final outcome of your petition log in to myWings then:
    • Select the Student Records Tile
    • Select Student Self-Service
    • Select Online Forms (under the Student Services menu)
    • Select Student Petition of Academic Policy (under Appeals and Petitions menu)
    • Locate your petition number at the bottom of the Student Petition of Academic Policy screen

Required Recommendations for Committee Review

  • Academic Advisor
  • Instructor of the course(s)
  • Chairperson of the department offering the course

Possible Outcomes

Please Note:

  • Having a passing grade in a class at the time of petition DOES NOT guarantee the right to withdraw after the deadline.
  • The University Registrar, via the Student Petition of Academic Policy (SPAP_ Committee, or Graduate Dean has final approval/disapproval authority.
  • The instructor, department chair, or academic advisor may recommend an action or write an explanation of the applicable circumstances but does not have final approval/disapproval authority. Final decisions rest with the Student Petition of Academic Policy (SPAP) Committee. 

Complete Withdrawal

Complete Withdrawal is the formal process of leaving the University. Dropping all classes or withdrawing from all classes in a term is not the same as a Complete Withdrawal from the University. Once the Complete Withdrawal process has been completed, the student's academic responsibility with the University will be discontinued, though a Complete Withdrawal does not excuse the student from any financial responsibilities the student may have incurred with the University. A Complete Withdrawal must be initiated by a student's academic advisor, and a student wishing to completely withdraw must meet with an academic advisor in person or through a mutually agreed upon meeting format. A student who receives a Complete Withdrawal may not continue to attend or participate in class(es).

Students who completely withdraw from the University will receive a grade of WC (Complete Withdrawal) in each course. Terms in which grades have already rolled to academic history are ineligible for a complete withdrawal and "WC" grades. The assigned "WC" grade will count toward the total withdrawals allowed and will remain on the academic transcript. A student who completely withdraws from the University may not continue to attend class. Complete withdrawal from all courses will result in a registration hold being placed on the student in future terms. Students who want to enroll in a future term must meet with their advisor. A student who breaks continuous enrollment after a Complete Withdrawal must re-apply for admission and is subject to all admission and academic program requirements at the time of re-application. 

This policy is not to be confused with withdrawing from all courses in a term to receive a 25 percent refund of tuition and fees. Students who withdraw from all courses (excluding Summer A, B, 8- and 10-week courses) by the deadline posted on the Academic Calendar and receive the refund, but intend to re-enroll at the University would not be covered under the "Complete Withdrawal" section of the University's official policy.

View the University's current official policy.