Late Drop Policy and Procedures
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
- 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
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.