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Withdrawal Policies

Individual Course Withdrawal Policy

The Individual Course Withdrawal Policy provides students who are unable to complete a course with the option of withdrawing from that course. This option should be taken only after other options have been discussed with the instructor and/or the student’s advisor.

During the Fall and Spring semesters, Individual Course Withdrawals may be processed using MyIUP (see instructions below) between the day after the conclusion of the drop/add period and the end of the first two-thirds of the academic term. During summer parts of term, the deadline is the two-thirds point of each summer course for which the student is registered. After the two-thirds point of each semester or part of summer term, students may no longer process Individual Course Withdrawals.

A student needing to withdraw from a course after the deadline must process a request for deadline waiver through the office of the dean of his or her college. Approval of the waiver is contingent upon documentation of catastrophic circumstances preventing the student from completing the semester. If a waiver is approved, the college office will arrange for recording the “W” designation.

Since instructors inform students of their standing in class prior to the two-thirds point of the semester (Midterm Grade Report Policy), students will be able to discuss course withdrawals with instructors and/or academic advisors to assess alternatives. Students, advisors, and instructors should also understand the significant impact of course withdrawal on financial aid eligibility (percent of completion and eligibility to move to the next class level), athletic eligibility, and health insurance which requires full-time status. Students are also cautioned to consider the detrimental impact of Ws in a transcript review by a prospective employer or graduate school.

Instructions for processing an individual course withdrawal are as follows:

Sign into MyIUP and click on the Academics page. In the Course Registration and Textbooks section, click on Class Changes

How to Cancel an Upcoming Semester  

Total University Withdrawal Policy

Involuntary Withdrawal


  • Registrar’s Office
  • Clark Hall
    1090 South Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2217
  • Fax: 724-357-4858
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  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • (Excluding Holidays)