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Office of the Registrar

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Late Drop Policy and Procedures

Undergraduates

After the drop deadline, undergraduate students will need to submit to the Advising and Learning Assistance Center (ALAC) located in Academy Hall:

  • A completed Late Add/Drop Form, and
  • a written appeal (form available in the ALAC) explaining why they are late in dropping the class.

Submission of the required paperwork DOES NOT guarantee approval of the request.

The Associate Director of ALAC reviews each appeal and makes a decision based on whether it adheres to the Institute's late drop policy. Rensselaer's policy states:

  • Rensselaer's policy states "Responsibility for dropping or adding a class prior to the deadlines rests entirely with the student. Failure to fulfill the responsibility because of oversight, ignorance, or possibility of low grades is not sufficient grounds for permission to drop or add a course after the deadline. It is the policy of the institute that no petitions be accepted for the retroactive dropping or adding of a course except under extenuated circumstances beyond the student's control."
  • Some examples of extenuating circumstances are a death in one's family, bodily injuries and health problems, personal or emotional issues. If any of the above can be substantiated, students should include that documentation with their appeal.

You are strongly encouraged to speak to your academic advisor about your decision to drop a class and the impact it might have on your plan of study and rate of progress towards your degree.

Graduate Students

After the drop deadline, graduate students will need to submit a Late Add/Drop Form to the Office of Graduate Education located in at 1516 Peoples Ave.