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Undergraduate Course Withdrawals

Withdrawing From an Individualized-Study Undergraduate Course

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 an undergraduate course must follow procedures listed on the AU Undergraduate Calendar withdrawal policy page. This page also links to a list of withdrawal refunds or you may use the following link to proceed directly to undergraduate withdrawal refunds.

In most cases, students should use the MyAU system to withdraw from courses. In instances where a paper-based form is used, 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 30 days after the course start date (early withdrawal), the registration will not be recorded on the student's official transcript.

If a student withdraws from an undergraduate course between 30 and 90 days of the course, 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 more than 90 days after the course start date, and before the course contract end date, 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.

Graduate students: Note that there are different withdrawal policies and refunds for HRM graduate courses.

Updated January 26 2016 by Student & Academic Services

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