Withdrawal from a Course

If you wish to stop attending a class after the last date to adjust registration, you can withdraw on or before the last day to withdraw. You can withdraw from a course (or courses) in any one of the following ways:

  1. Online - Log into and go to Register & Pay > Register: Add/Drop/Withdraw course(s)
  2. Online - Submit a Withdrawal Google Form
  3. Email - provide your name, student ID number, and the course(s) you wish to withdraw from to Be sure to send the request from your student email and include the subject and course registration number when able (e.g. PSYC 1101 CRN: 40425)

When you withdraw from a class, you will receive a W on your transcript, but it will not affect your GPA. You will not receive a tuition refund. If you do not officially withdraw from courses that you have stopped attending, you will receive an F grade for those courses. F grades are included in the calculation of your GPA and could have a serious impact on your academic status at Mount Royal.

Before you withdraw you should:

  • Talk to your professor.
  • Meet with your academic advisor to see how withdrawing will affect your academic timeline.
  • Check with Financial Aid if you currently have a student loan.

Withdrawal with Cause

If unexpected circumstances make it impossible for you to complete a course (or courses), and the add/drop date has passed, Withdrawal with Cause may be an option for you. Situations can be medical, psychological, or compassionate in nature. 

Grounds that are typically considered for a Withdrawal with Cause:

  • Serious illness or medical emergency
  • Severe emotional distress 
  • Compassionate grounds

Grounds that are not considered for a Withdrawal with Cause:

  • Failure to drop a course that a student has not been attending 
  • Short-term illness or absence
  • Not achieving a preferred final grade due to missed exams/assignments

You may request approval for a withdrawal with cause until the last day of class for the course(s). To submit a request, complete a Withdrawal with Cause form. Supporting documentation must be provided before a request will be reviewed. Documentation must:

  • clearly establish a medical and/or psychological reason for the request; 
  • explicitly state why the medical and/or psychological condition made it impossible to meet course deadlines and/or complete the semester; 
  • be recently issued and on official letterhead;
  • include timeline information regarding the situation (e.g. start and end dates);
  • if applicable, provide an explanation of why you did not pursue an 'I' contract for the course

Supporting documents that are typically considered for a Withdrawal with Cause request:

  • Letter from a registered health professional (e.g. physician, counsellor) that includes the documentation requirements noted above
  • Obituary or death certificate that demonstrates the loss of a close family member

Supporting documents that are not considered for a Withdrawal with Cause request:

  • Hospital discharge papers
  • Prescription notes
  • Medical notes for a short-term illness or for exam accommodations
  • Documents used for previous Withdrawal with Cause applications

Please Note: All withdrawal with cause requests are subject to a review and approval process. 

If your request is approved, you will receive a "Withdrawal with Cause" (WC) on your permanent academic record for all withdrawn courses. You will not receive a tuition refund.

Please consult the Academic Calendar for additional details regarding withdrawing from courses at Mount Royal.