Drop and Withdrawal Policy and Procedure
Drop/Withdrawal forms are available from the Registrar's Office or from the Regional
Learning Center offices. The drop/withdrawal will be honored on the date the form
is received in the La Crosse campus Registrar's Office or the Regional Learning
Center office. You may also drop online at
It is important to go through the formal procedure for dropping a class as soon as you decide to drop a class. Talk with your instructor, program advisor and/or counselor. If you do not officially drop, you will receive a failing grade and will not receive a refund.
An official drop before 11% of total class meetings have met will be classified as a registration adjustment and the course will not be recorded on your permanent record. Students are not permitted to officially drop during the last 25% of total class meetings.
The student may receive a refund of fees paid if the student withdraws within the stipulated allowable time frame.
On the recommendation or the approval of the Academics Policies Committee and the Vice President for Student Services, a student may be required to withdraw from school or class(es) at any time during the semester if it is felt that this is in the best interest of the student or the school.
Students who stop attending a class must officially drop the class online at MyWestern, or in person at the Welcome Center at the La Crosse Campus, or at one of Western's regional locations. Faculty will not drop a student for nonattendance, but may assign a failing grade. However, the College reserves the right to drop a student for attendance related issues at any time during the semester if it is felt to be in the best interest of the student or the College.
Western maintains a record retention schedule of seven years for drop/add. It is the student's responsibility to ensure the drop/add has been accurately reflected on her/his academic records.
Failure to comply with the withdrawal procedure may result in a failing grade and/or negatively affect future registration and/or financial aid eligibility. Non-notification of withdrawal does not absolve an individual’s responsibility for fee payments.