Authorized Withdrawal (WA) is given to a student who withdraws officially from a course or courses in two instances. In both, the grade of Authorized Withdrawal is reserved for withdrawals during a semester and will not be granted after the semester has concluded.
(1) A student seeking an authorized withdrawal on the basis of serious health, family, or personal problems consults with the Dean of Students. If the Dean of Students finds the authorized withdrawal (grade of WA) warranted, the Registrar and the professor(s) are so notified.
(2) A student seeking an authorized withdrawal on the basis of a serious educational consideration consults first with the professor teaching the course and with the student's advisor, then with the Dean of the Faculty. It should be noted that such educational considerations are highly unusual, commonly involving inappropriate registration in a course for which the student has insufficient background. Poor academic performance, excessive workload, or change in academic or career plans do not qualify as justifying an authorized withdrawal. If the Dean of the Faculty finds the authorized withdrawal (grade of WA) warranted, the Registrar and the individual professor are so notified.