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Potsdam Prepared: Fall 2021 Updates

Withdraw from a Course

For Spring 2021, undergraduate students who need to withdraw from a course due to issues relating to the pandemic or other emergency may be eligible for an emergency withdrawal (W*). If approved, an emergency withdrawal will be noted on the permanent record as “W*” and will not be considered as part of the 14-credit hour maximum.  Graduate students should contact their advisor or the Office of Graduate & Continuing Education if they need to withdraw from a course. All students should consult with One Stop to ensure that any withdrawal(s) will not negatively impact their financial aid eligibility. 

S/P/U and W Deadline
The deadline to withdraw and S/P/U courses for the Fall 2021 semester is November 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

Graduate students should contact the Office of Graduate and Continuing Education.

New! Online “Course Withdrawal” Request
Be sure to review the Important Information below prior to submitting a request.

Important Information

Students may elect to withdraw from courses for any reason for a maximum of 14 semester hours during their SUNY Potsdam College career. "W" grades confer no credit and do not affect the grade point average.

If you are considering a course withdrawal, you must do the following.

  1. If the course is required within your major or minor: consult with the appropriate advisor, department chair, and/or the Student Success Center to confirm that this will not negatively impact your time to degree completion. 
  2. See the College Catalog for general information about course withdrawal.  

Your request will be reviewed, and you will be notified with one of two messages in response to your original email:

  1. Your request has been approved and processed.
  2. We are unable to process your request at this time. This response will include information and instructions for what to do.

Emergency/Medical Withdrawal
Students with a documented medical or other emergency may apply for an Emergency/Medical Withdrawal at the Student Success Center (Sisson 128). Applications should be submitted by the last day of classes in the semester in which the student is requesting one or more emergency withdrawal grades. An emergency withdrawal will be noted on the permanent record as "W*" and will not be considered as part of the 14-hour maximum. Withdrawal due to a call to active military duty will be noted on the permanent record as "M*" and will not count toward the 14-hour limit.

Deadlines
To select this option, students must submit a request to One Stop no later than the end of the tenth week of classes. Check out the Academic Calendar for important dates and deadlines.

Record of Withdrawal
In such cases, a "W" is noted on the permanent record. For full-time students, dropping below 12 semester hours due to withdrawals may have an effect on financial aid eligibility.