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Dropping Classes

We get it - sometimes your class isn't all you thought it would be, or life has gotten in the way. So we provide the ability for students to drop classes - within a few parameters, of course.

Student are allowed to drop classes in Pathway through the last date for withdrawal as mentioned in the academic calendar.

Dropping classes

  1. First things first, make sure you review the rules and regulations for dropping classes to make sure you don't have any problems:
    • Withdrawing from classes does not release you from financial obligations to the University.
    • No one (including faculty and advisers) can withdraw for you.
    • Check the withdrawal deadlines in the academic calendar. Undergraduate and graduate student withdrawal deadlines differ and are strictly enforced.
    • If you require advising or have questions, contact your academic adviser before withdrawing.
    • Withdrawals can be done by mail when a student is unable to appear in person due to being out of town or suffering from an illness or accident, if the Registration and Records Office is closed or Pathway is down and you wish to receive a refund. The postmark on the envelope is used as the refund date.
    • If you have any problems or questions when dropping a class, contact the Registration and Records Office at 816-235-1125.
  2. Log on to Pathway
  3. Select Self Service
  4. Select Student Center
  5. Select Drop a Class and follow the prompts
    • Make sure you get a green checkmark to indicate the drop was successful. If you do not get a green checkmark when you are done, you have not dropped the class.
    • Always confirm your drop/withdrawal by printing a copy of your class schedule from Pathway or obtaining a copy from the Registration and Records Office.

Other drop options

Students wishing to withdraw from all of their classes for a term must complete an Exit Interview Questionnaire. If you received financial aid for the semester, you may be required to pay back all or a portion of the aid you received. For more information on dropping your last class, see the Term Withdrawal web page.

The following actions are NOT considered official notification of withdrawal:

  • Assuming classes will be canceled for nonpayment
  • Failure to attend class
  • Giving notice to an instructor
  • Stopping payment on a check used to pay fees
  • Crossing out courses on a schedule
  • Returning only partial payment to the Cashier’s Office
  • Verbal notice to any University office

Undergraduate Students:

  • If you drop during the first quarter (1st - 4th weeks) of the class, it will not appear on your transcript.
  • If you drop a class after the first quarter (5th - 12th weeks) of the class, you will automatically get a W on your transcript to indicate you withdrew. The W is not included in your GPA.

Graduate and Professional Students:

  • If you drop during the first quarter (1st - 4th weeks) of the class, it will not appear on your transcript.
  • If you drop a class during the second quarter (5th - 8th weeks) of the class, you will automatically get a W on your transcript to indicate you withdrew. The W is not included in your GPA.
  • If you drop a class after the halfway point of the class (9th - 16th weeks), it is considered "with assessment." You will be assigned an IP grade for "in progress," and at the end of the semester the instructor will have the option of giving you a W if you were passing on the date you withdrew or a WF if you were failing on the date you withdrew. WFs calculate in the GPA of graduate and professional students as an F grade.