Withdrawal from Classes

Registration Revisions | Voluntary Withdrawal | Authorized Withdrawal
Required to Withdraw | Attendance/Debarment | Limited Access

Registration Revisions

The registration revision period extends two weeks from the first day of classes in both fall and winter terms, and is prorated for summer term and for irregularly dated courses.

The registration revision period is the 'add and drop' period at the beginning of each term during which course and timetable changes can be made without academic or financial penalty. Courses dropped during this period are not recorded on official transcripts or student records, and a tuition refund will be granted for dropped courses that have already been paid for.

New for Fall Term 2018, the deadlines to add or drop courses are different.

  • Course Drop Date* – the last date to drop a course with a refund.
  • Course Add Date – the last date to add a course in the revision period.
    *The Course Drop Date is one working day prior to the Course Add Date. Refer to Important Dates and Deadlines.

The registration revision period can be used to attend classes, test out your classroom experience and determine if you will remain registered in the courses you have selected or if changes should be made.

During the Registration Revision Period, you may:

  • Add a new class if you changed your mind about your course subjects, or if a course that was previously full is now available. 
  • Switch a lecture or lab to a more preferred day/time
  • Register in a course for which you were waitlisted if you receive notification that space is available

Late Registration and Fee Payment:

  • Students whose initial registration happens during this period will be assessed a late registration fee.
  • Students should review their fee assessment after any registration changes made during the revision period; any fees resulting from changes are due by the registration revision deadline.


  • Be cautious of adding a new course too late in the registration revision period – you may have missed a number of classes, and have assignments due right away. If you don't get space in a course within the first few days of the revision period, late registration may not be a good idea.
  • After the registration revision period ends, voluntary withdrawals (VWs) will be recorded on official transcripts and student histories, and no refund will be granted.
  • Once the Revision Period is over, students are no longer able to add new classes, or to switch the day/time for lectures and labs – you may still Voluntarily Withdraw from a class, but will not receive a tuition refund.

For current deadlines, please visit Important Dates and/or Irregular Refund and VW Deadlines.

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Voluntary Withdrawal

A Voluntary Withdrawal (VW) is the act of dropping a course following the end of the registration revision period and prior to the Voluntary Withdrawal deadline.


  • No refund will be issued for a VWd course;
  • VWd courses will be recorded on official transcripts and student records;
  • Courses cannot be withdrawn from after the VW deadline applicable to that course has passed;
  • Courses which are not dropped by this deadline will be assigned a final grade.

Think before you drop...

Students may consider VWing a class for a variety of reasons. Before you decide to VW from a class, be sure to:

  • Talk with your course instructor about your concerns and if there are strategies for improvement before the end of term;
  • Talk to an academic advisor about your course load, study strategies, and options for possibly repeating the course later;
  • Be aware of course load requirements and implications of VW - if you have a government student loan, are a sponsored student, a Bison athlete or are in any other type of situation that requires a minimum course load;
  • Refer to the First Year Planning Guide or the Academic Calendar to make sure you know where that course fits into your intended or current program;
  • Check to see if the course is required as a prerequisite for upper-level courses within your program;
  • Look at the Summer Session schedule to see if the course is offered again this year.
  • Repeated courses (or equivalent) will be subject to the Limited Access registration rule, which will come into effect when registering for courses starting in Winter 2018 or later.

Graduate Studies student who are unable to continue studies in any term must contact their department regarding a Leave of Absence.

For current deadlines, please visit Important Dates and/or Irregular Refund and VW Deadlines.

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Authorized Withdrawal

An Authorized Withdrawal (AW) is extended to students who must withdraw from a course(s) for medical or compassionate reasons. AW requests must be supported by satisfactory documentation.

For more information, please visit your Academic Advisor and/or Student Advocacy. For updates on the Authorized Withdrawal Policy please check here.

Required Withdrawal from Professional Programs

Senate, at the request of some faculties and schools, has approved bylaws granting them the authority to require a student to withdraw on the basis of unsuitability for the practice of the profession to which the program of study leads.

This right may be exercised at any time throughout the academic year or following the results of examinations at the end of every year. This right to require a student to withdraw prevails notwithstanding any other provisions in the academic regulations of the particular faculty or school regarding eligibility to proceed or repeat. Where Senate has approved such a bylaw, that fact is indicated in the Calendar chapter for that faculty or school. A copy of the professional unsuitability bylaw may be obtained from the general office of the faculty or school.

Attendance at Class and Debarment

Regular attendance is expected of all students in all courses.

An instructor may initiate procedures to debar a student from attending classes and from final examinations and/or from receiving credit where unexcused absences exceed those permitted by the faculty or school regulations.

A student may be debarred from class, laboratories, and examinations by action of the dean/director for persistent non-attendance, failure to produce assignments to the satisfaction of the instructor, and/or unsafe clinical practice or practicum. Students so debarred will have failed that course.

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Updated June 28, 2018