After a student has confirmed her registration during the second week of
the semester, she is normally expected to complete all her classes with
the exception of a 5th class dropped within the first three weeks. A
student may not withdraw from a course simply because she is not doing
well in it, does not like it, or does not need it. However,
circumstances may arise that make it unreasonable to expect a student to
complete her entire course load.
student may be permitted to
withdraw from a course only when her ability to complete
the course is seriously impaired by unforeseen circumstances beyond
her control. If a student experiences significant
illness, a family emergency, or some other serious problem in her life
that has a significant impact on her ability to complete her academic
work, she should talk to her dean about whether it
might be appropriate to withdraw from one of her classes. Before
making such a recommendation, the dean will want to make sure the
student is making appropriate use of on-campus resources, most commonly
the Health Center and/or Counseling Center, and may ask for medical
documentation. Once the dean has approved reducing the student's course
load, the student and dean will consult with the student's faculty to
determine which would be the most appropriate course to withdraw from.
Withdrawals are also sometimes permitted if a student finds that she has been placed in a class for which she lacked adequate preparation. In this case, she should talk to her faculty member about her situation. If the faculty member believes that no other solutions are possible, he/she may recommend withdrawing from a course.
In all cases, withdrawal requires the consent of both the dean and the course instructor.
Because of policies regarding quantitative measures of Satisfactory Academic Progress, withdrawing from more than one course in a single semester is very rare. Students permitted to withdraw from a second course will generally do so as part of plan to take a leave of absence from the college to address whatever issues are interfering with their ability to complete their work.
Bryn Mawr College policy precludes withdrawing from a course after the final work for the course is due. If the course is at Penn, Swarthmore, or Haverford and that institution has an earlier deadline, the earlier deadline applies. For example, the deadline to withdraw from a Haverford course is the last day of classes.
Your transcript will include the course as part of your schedule for the semester, but instead of a grade, "WD" will appear. The grade of “WD” will not affect your grade point average. The course will not count towards any requirements or towards the 32 units needed for graduation.
In making the decision to withdraw from a course, students should talk with their deans about how to make up for the lost credit and should keep the following rules regarding Satisfactory Academic Progress in mind.
Semester II (2013-14)
Dorms open at noon
Martin Luther King Day (No Classes BMC, HC)
First day of classes
BIONIC reopens and PE registration begin
PE classes begin
Confirmation of Registration for all students
Guild Hall -- 3rd floor
Last day to sign up for Credit/No Credit for first-quarter classes
Last day to drop a fifth class
Last day to sign up for Credit/No Credit for semester classes
First-quarter (including PE) classes end
Spring break begins after last class
Spring break ends at 8a.m.
Second-quarter classes (including PE) begin
Last day to add a second quarter class
Last day to drop a second quarter class
Last day to sign up for Credit/No Credit for second quarter classes
Preregistration for Fall 2014
Last day of classes
Final examinations begin
Final examinations end for seniors
Final examinations end for other students
Dorms close at noon