A student may drop a course without academic penalty during the Course Drop period (however, a tuition penalty may be assessed according to Penn State’s tuition policies – see http://www.bursar.psu.edu/adjustments.cfm#PENALTY). This period is the first ten (10) calendar days of either the fall or spring semester, if the duration of the course is equal to the duration of the semester. For all other courses (those not equal in duration to a semester of which they are part and all courses offered in the summer), the duration of the Drop Period is calculated by multiplying ten (10) days by the duration of the course (in days) divided by seventy-five (75) days, and then rounding up to the next higher whole number of days.
There is no limit to the number of courses/credits that can be dropped during this period and courses dropped during this period do not show up on the student's academic record.
The Late Drop period for a course begins with the first calendar day after the Course Drop period and ends on the day when 80 percent of the duration of the course is attained. During the Late Drop period, the student may drop a course (Late Drop), and a WN symbol will be entered on the student’s academic record. Specific rules regarding the use of Late Drop credits are as follows:
Note: By exercising a Late Drop, a student may be seriously jeopardizing
his or her expected progress toward graduation. It is possible that a student will
not be able to schedule the dropped course in the succeeding semester for a
variety of reasons, thereby delaying progress toward graduation. In addition, financial aid may be affected. Therefore, students with financial
aid are strongly urged to consult with Penn State’s Office of Student Aid.
A student may not drop or late drop the last/only course on his/her schedule. Dropping or late dropping the last/only course must be done through a withdrawal (policy 56-30).
Revised: 3/6/73 (as Rule J-2)
| Revised: 11/11/75 (as Rule J-2)
| Revised: 10/6/81