Students should be aware of the impact of a withdrawal on full-time status for insurance purposes and for financial aid. It is highly recommended that students meet with their instructor before withdrawing from a class to discuss if a withdrawal is the best course of action for that particular student.

Rationale: The purpose of the withdrawal option is to allow students to make responsible decisions regarding their academic status and their ability to complete an individual course. This responsibility is similar, and thus preparatory, to students' experiences in universities and the workforce. It is understood that for them to make informed decisions regarding their academic careers, students must have the appropriate information regarding their status. It is the instructor's responsibility, therefore, to provide students with some form of assessment of their academic status prior to the last official withdrawal date. 

Important Information:

  • There are a variety of ways a student can withdraw from a course.  
    • Requests for withdrawal can be made through WebAdvisor
    • Requests can be made in person with photo ID by visiting the Admissions & Records Office
    • Requests can be made through the student's instructor for the particular course.  In the absence of the instructor, the student must contact the Dean responsible for the course's scheduling.

  • To withdraw from all classes, the student can submit the request via WebAdvisor. In a situation where a student can’t submit via WebAdvisor, the Admissions & Records Office is willing to assist students requesting a complete withdrawal. In this situation, the request must be made to the Director or the Assistant Director of Admissions and Records. .
  • Students have until the end of the twelfth week of a regular semester course (or an equivalent length of time in courses of different lengths) to request a withdrawal.
  • Instructors may also initiate the withdrawal process if the student fails to comply with the attendance requirements as outlined in the course syllabus.
  • All withdrawals earn a grade of "W," which does not affect GPA but deletes the course credit(s) for those course(s).


Student Initiated Withdrawals

Effective Summer 2011, students will have the ability to initiate a withdraw from classes through an electronic form on WebAdvisor.  IVCC has the right to rescind a withdrawal in cases of academic dishonesty or at the instructor's discretion.

All fields of the form must be completed accurately in order to process the withdrawal. Entering the student ID number serves as the student’s electronic signature. Students will receive an email upon the receipt of this withdrawal and are strongly encouraged to check their schedule on WebAdvisor to be sure their withdrawal was processed.  If the student is still active roster 2 business days after submitting the withdrawal request, he or she should contact the Records office at 224-0447.  Inaccurate or incomplete information will result in a failure to complete the withdrawal and the student will be notified via email of the need to re-submit the form.

Approved withdrawals will be processed through the 75% point of the semester. No student withdrawals are allowed past that date (week 12 of a 16-week semester).


NOTE: Withdrawals are different from drops.  For students who drop classes before the tenth day of a regular 16-week Fall or Spring semester, a full refund less the registration fee will be generated.  For drops taking place during the summer semester or for classes of varied lengths, the refund period varies according to the length of the class. 


Please see the IVCC Academic Calendar for more information on drop and withdrawal dates.