FGCU students are expected to complete all classes in which they remain enrolled after the drop/add deadline. Students who wish to withdraw from individual courses or the complete term after the drop/add periods, but before the "last day to drop/withdraw without academic penalty" (as published in the Academic Calendar), must do so through the Office of Records & Registration. A withdrawal is initiated by submitting a completed Course Withdrawal or Term Withdrawal Form in person, by mail, or by fax to the Office of Records & Registration. These forms are available on the web https://www2.fgcu.edu/Registrar/forms.html.
Students are strongly encouraged to discuss all potential course or term withdrawals with an advisor in order to understand more clearly the academic implications of these actions.
Withdrawing from all courses does not officially constitute formal withdrawal from the University. A student is financially liable for all courses in which he or she is registered at the end of the drop/add periods. Students are strongly encouraged to discuss all potential course or term withdrawals with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships in order to understand more clearly the financial implications of these actions.
3/2 Withdrawal Limit Rule
In order to encourage successful completion of coursework and a student's ability to stay on track for timely graduation, FGCU has instituted the 3/2 Withdrawal Limit Rule (hereafter, 3/2 Rule). This rule limits the number of courses in which a student may earn a grade of W (withdrawal without academic penalty).
Under the 3/2 Rule, a student may withdraw without academic penalty from as many as three (3) lower-level courses (numbered 1000-2999) and as many as two (2) upper-level courses (numbered 3000-4999). Withdrawal from courses above this limit will count as withdrawals with academic penalty and will be noted on the transcript as a WF grade (which counts as a grade of F in the GPA and is not eligible for grade forgiveness). If courses are corequisites, withdrawal from both during the same semester will count as only one withdrawal rather than two withdrawals for the purpose of the 3/2 Rule. A course taken for zero credit hours is excluded from the 3/2 Rule and will be assigned a grade of WE (Withdrawal with Extenuating Circumstances) by the Office of Records & Registration if the student withdraws from the course.
The 3/2 Rule goes into effect Fall 2017 and applies to all undergraduate courses taken at FGCU Fall 2017 and after, regardless of student classification. Some majors may have stricter requirements regarding allowable withdrawals. Students should consult with advisors and carefully review program handbooks to ensure that there are not additional requirements.
A student appeal of the 3/2 Rule is submitted electronically, with a personal statement and supporting documentation, to the Office of Records & Registration at https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?FloridaGulfCoastUniv&layout_id=15.
Withdrawals with Extenuating Circumstances
In some cases, students must withdraw from a class, classes, or a term due to extenuating circumstances. These include the following:
If a withdrawal for extenuating circumstances is approved, students will receive a grade of WE. WE grades do not count toward the 3/2 Rule withdrawal limits.
A withdrawal for extenuating circumstances initiated by submitting a completed Application for Withdrawal, with a personal statement and supporting documentation, to the Office of Records & Registration at https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?FloridaGulfCoastUniv&layout_id=15.