5. Course Changes and Withdrawal

5.1 Course Changes

It is recognized that students may wish to revise courses after initial selection has occurred.  Students should be aware that dropping or changing courses may have academic and financial impacts and are encouraged to review program requirements, student aid and scholarship eligibility and refund schedules in advance of any course changes.  The dates for adding and deleting courses are published in the Academic Dates section of the applicable calendar.  Some programs and courses require modified timelines but normally:


5.1.1 The last day to register and add courses will be two weeks (10 business days) after the first day of class.  This provides an appropriate amount of time for students to assess and change courses while still being able to complete course work and assignments. 


5.1.2 The last day to drop courses without a transcript notation (drop without a grade of W) will be one-third (20 business days) after the first day of class. This allows students an appropriate amount of time to assess if the course meets their academic needs without incurring academic penalty. 


5.1.3 The last day to change between audit and credit will one-third (20 business days) after the first day of class. This allows an appropriate amount of time for changes in the assessment of a course. 


5.1.4 The last day to drop courses with a transcript notation (drop with a grade of W) will be two-thirds (40 business days) after the first day of class. This allows for a student to withdraw but given that a significant percentage of the course has occurred, a transcript notation is warranted. 


5.1.5 Courses cannot be dropped in the final third of the academic term. Students have completed sufficient course components to merit a final assessment.

5.2 Withdrawal

Non-attendance does not, in itself, constitute withdrawal. Withdrawals are effective when a student withdraws from courses on the Web at www.dal.ca/online or written notification is received at the Registrar’s Office.

In the Faculty of Health students who wish to withdraw from the university must obtain written approval from the appropriate school or college and submit the appropriate forms to the Registrar. Students should not discontinue attendance at any course until their withdrawal has been approved.

Students withdrawing voluntarily from the University should consult the individual faculty regulations and the Fees section of this Calendar.

When the work of a student becomes unsatisfactory, or a student’s attendance is irregular without sufficient reason, the faculty concerned may require withdrawal from one or more courses, or withdrawal from the Faculty. If a student is required to withdraw from a Faculty such a student may apply to another Faculty. However, in assessing the application, previous performance will be taken into consideration.