Bakersfield College

Dropping a Class

Students are responsible for officially withdrawing from any class, classes or waitlist in which they no longer wish to be enrolled.

After registration has been completed, and within the withdrawal date guidelines, students may drop a class or classes through the web registration system. Non-attendance or non-payment does not release the student from this responsibility, and may results in a failing grade being awarded.

Within the withdrawal date guidelines, instructors may drop students from a course for nonattendance, disruption or failure to meet the requirements of the course.

A student who withdraws or is dropped from a semester-length course through the 20 percent date of any term will not have the course included in their permanent record. A “W” will appear on the permanent record for courses dropped between the 20 percent and the 60 percent date of the term.

No “W” grades may be issued after the 60 percent date.

In courses other than semester length, the instructor or Admissions and Records Office should be consulted regarding withdrawal date deadlines.

A student may contact the Office of Admissions and Records regarding the procedure to drop or withdraw after the final withdrawal date deadline if there are verifiable extenuating circumstances. Examples include:

  • Accidents
  • Illness
  • Death of an immediate family member
  • Other circumstances beyond the control of the student.

This must be done by the last day of classes and prior to the beginning of the final examination period for the term in which the withdrawal will apply. Withdrawal after the end of the 14th week of the semester (or 75% of the semester, whichever is less) when the college has authorized such a withdrawal in extenuating circumstances, after consultation with appropriate faculty, shall be recorded as a ‘W’.

A “W” grade is not used in calculating grade point averages, but excessive “W” grades will be used as factors in progress probation and disqualification.

Students who find it necessary to withdraw from the college are required to return all check-out supplies, equipment and library books, and pay all fines and debts owed to the college.

First Day Drop Policy

Because many classes become filled and are closed students in lecture and/or lab courses may be dropped if they do not attend classes during the first two weeks without notifying the instructor.

Students in open entry courses may be dropped if they do not begin attending during the first week of classes.