Registration Policies    

Changing, Dropping, or Withdrawing from Courses

It is important for students to be in class starting from the first day. This is because, in the University’s system of Consciousness-Based education, the teacher presents an overview of the entire course on the first day. After the first day, later topics are connected back to this overview. To minimize changing, dropping, or withdrawing from courses, students should meet with their advisor before the start of the semester and plan out a full year of courses. The year’s schedule of available courses can be found at http://www.mum.edu/classes.

If, in spite of careful planning, you must drop or change a course, the following policies apply.

Changing a Course

If a student wishes to change from one course into another, he or she must obtain an “Admit to Class” slip from the Enrollment Center. The student then presents this slip to the professor of the course into which he or she is entering. The student must be in the new course by the morning of the third day of class for a two or four-week class and by the morning of the sixth day of a longer course. Please note: Not all courses may be entered after the start of class. Professors reserve the right to require attendance on the first day of their class.

Course Drop or Withdrawal Form

The Course Drop or Withdrawal Form, needed for all of the procedures below, can be obtained from the Enrollment Center or downloaded online at http://www.mum.edu/RelId/612849/ISvars/default/Forms_You_May_Need.htm.

In all cases, the student must fill out this form, have it signed by his or her academic advisor or one of the graduation advisors in the Enrollment Center, and deliver or email it to the Enrollment Center by the deadlines given below.

Dropping a Course

A student may drop a course for any reason:

·        By 4 pm of the second day of a course four weeks or less,

·        By 4 pm of the fifth day of a course longer than four weeks.

In this case, the course is removed from his or her academic record.

·        If the deadline is missed, a student will need to meet with an Associate Dean of Students to discuss the implications of dropping the course.

Withdrawing from a Course

A student may withdraw from a course for any reason after the deadlines given above for dropping a course, but this must be done:

·        Before 4 pm on the second Monday of the course for a 2- or 4-week course,

·        Before completion of 25% of the course for a course longer than 4 weeks.

In this case, the student receives a grade of W (course withdrawal).

The student should meet with the Associate Dean of Students to discuss the implications of withdrawing from the course.

·        If the deadline for withdrawal is missed, any student who ceases to come to class will receive NC (no credit) for the course, except possibly in the case of illness or family emergency (see below). An NC means 0 credits for the course and this will negatively affect a student’s GPA.

Exception for illness or family emergency

If a student is ill or has a family emergency and must withdraw from a class after the deadline, the student may petition an Associate Dean of Students (or faculty) to receive a grade of W, but this must be done:

·        Within two weeks of the last day of attendance.

To petition, the student must fill out the Course Drop or Withdrawal Form, have it signed by his or her academic advisor or a graduation advisor in the Enrollment Center, and deliver or email it to the Enrollment Center within two weeks of the last day of attendance. The Enrollment Center will pass the form to an Associate Dean of Students who may require documentation of illness or family emergency.

·        After two weeks from the last day of attendance, if a student has not petitioned in this way, he or she will receive NC for this course.

Any student who lives on campus and withdraws from a course must either move off campus for the remainder of the course or engage in an activity as approved by an Associate Dean of Students.

Development of Consciousness course requirements can be adjusted if students are less than full time in any semester. Students should contact the Development of Consciousness office to request this adjustment.

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