There are several deadlines each term for dropping classes. If you can no longer drop a class on your own through One.IU—this deadline is usually the first week of the term—you must meet with your academic advisor. More information about dropping classes can be found through the Office of the Registrar.
When an emergency prevents you from being able to attend courses, you may need to withdraw from classes. Being hospitalized, a death in your immediate family, or being the victim of a crime are just a few examples of what might constitute an emergency. If you aren’t sure if your situation warrants an emergency withdrawal, we can help you figure it out.
You may need documentation to withdraw from a class. Your documentation should provide your contact information, including name, address, and phone and fax numbers, as well as answer the questions below. It should also be signed and dated. We can help you submit this documentation.
- What is the medical diagnosis for which you are receiving treatment?
- When was the last time, and for how long, were you provided treatment for this condition?
- Has the medical condition worsened since you enrolled in college? If yes, identify any extenuating factors that may have been involved.
- List any reasons why it is necessary for you to withdraw from the university.
There is no single university policy on absences. Communicate directly with your professors if you are unable to attend classes. Depending on the policies for a particular course or department, they may request documentation such as a doctor’s note.
We do not provide oversight for academic units or faculty. However, in an emergency situation such as hospitalization, we can contact your instructors if you will miss class for three or more days or are unable to inform them directly. We recommend talking with your instructors as soon as possible to discuss accommodations and make-up procedures for your courses. A withdrawal from classes may be necessary for extended absences.
Before submitting a grade change petition, we recommend speaking with your instructor calmly, directly, and in person. If you believe your course grade is incorrect, you can follow the university’s formal grade grievances procedure. As with all university polies, we are available to help you understand these procedures and navigate the process.
If you have other concerns about a professor’s conduct or are unable to reach a resolution on other disputes, you may address your concerns to the course coordinator or department chair. You can also request an appointment with us for conflict coaching to discuss your concerns and ways to approach the conversation with your instructor.