Students must formally request to withdraw from a course. Simply not completing the course requirements or not participating in the class does not constitute withdrawal. Students who wish to withdraw from a course must submit a HRM Withdrawal Request Form. The date of withdrawal will be the postmark on the request, or, if the notice is hand-delivered or faxed, the University date stamp.
If a student withdraws from a course within the first month after the course start date, (early withdrawal), the registration will not be recorded on the student's official transcript. A refund will be granted, less the processing fee. See our fee schedule for the current processing fee.
If a student withdraws from a course after the first month of the course, but before the last month of the original course contract period, the official record and transcript will show that the student withdrew without credit and without prejudice or academic penalty and will be recorded as a "W" (Withdrawal in good academic standing at Athabasca University) on the student's transcript. A refund is not granted for withdrawals after 30 days of the contract start date.
If a student withdraws in the last month of the original course contract period, the official record will be recorded as "WF" (Withdrawal/Failure), without academic penalty at Athabasca University. If a student applies for an extension and then withdraws, a "WF" will also apply.
Students who fail to withdraw formally or complete their course prior to their course end date will automatically be assigned a system failure, which is recorded as "F" (Failure), with academic penalty.
Following our program structure, HRM graduate students normally must complete both the core graduate courses as well as undergraduate foundational courses. Note that procedures and fees for the undergraduate program are different than in the graduate courses. For details, see the undergraduate course withdrawal information here.
Updated February 10 2015 by Student & Academic Services