Online courses may be formally dropped within the first 10 weeks of the Fall or Spring semester, or during the first 5 weeks of the eight-week Summer semester. If you wish to drop all of your UW Colleges courses, read the information in the Withdrawals section below.
To drop a UW Colleges Online course (or withdraw completely), you need to perform the drop from the institution you registered with:
A student cannot drop a course after the 10th week of a semester (or after a proportionate time for the shorter term). If a student leaves a course after the deadline date, the instructor must assign a grade other than "W" (for withdrawal) to the student's academic record.
A withdrawal means terminating registration in all courses for the semester. You must complete the process no later than the 10th week of classes in any semester, or a proportionate time for a shorter session. If you do not withdraw, you will receive grades in all courses for which you are registered. Non-attendance does not constitute official withdrawal.
If a course is dropped within the first two weeks of the Fall or Spring semester (within the first week of the 8-week Summer semester), no indication of that drop will be placed in the student's academic record. If a course is dropped after the second week of classes but within the first 10 weeks (a proportionate time for the shorter session), the drop is indicated by a "W" on the official academic record.
UW Colleges enforces a system-wide administrative "no show" policy with all campus classroom-based courses as well as with all UW Colleges Online courses. In lieu of physical time and place attendance, UW Colleges Online instructors designate a specific activity or assignment as "proof of participation" in each course, for the purposes of enforcing this policy in the totally-online environment. Failure to complete the specifically designated assignment by the posted date will result in an administrative withdrawal, unless the student makes arrangements with the instructor and the instructor notifies the UW Colleges Online Administrative Office in advance.
For specific refund or drop dates, refer to the Academic Calendar for that semester.
|Session Length||Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||Week 4||After Week 4|
|12 weeks & over||100%||100%||50%||50%||0|
|8 - 11 weeks||100%||50%||25%||0||0|
|5 - 7 weeks||100%||50%||0||0||0|
For the Fall and Spring semester, refunds are normally processed the Tuesday after the end of the 100% refund period. For the Summer semester, refunds are normally processed in the middle of July. The administrative fee for Online courses is non-refundable once Online registration has closed.
Sign in to PRISM
From the menu bar on the left, select Self Service > Student Center > Add/Drop Class
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Self Service > Student Center > My Class Schedule and click the Drop tab
Select Term defaults to the current term. To select a different term, use the drop-down menu to choose the term, and then click Change. Check the box next to the class or classes you are dropping, and then click Drop Selected Classes
Classes which you are dropping will be listed twice, both as enrolled and as dropped. To complete the process, Click Finish Dropping. Click Cancel if you wish to cancel the process.
A green check mark indicates the drop was processed, while a red "X" indicates the drop was not processed. Read the error message for further details.
My Class Schedule will display a list all of the classes you have enrolled in or dropped.