Athabasca University encourages all students who wish to withdraw from a course to make a formal request. Failure to do so will have a negative impact on academic standing and grade point average. Withdrawals can also affect eligibility for student funding.
Please review section 5.4.2 Course Withdrawals in the AU Calendar. Students are also advised to check specific regulations pertaining to Programs or Graduate, grouped study and challenge for credit courses.
Before writing the final exam and the course contract end date:
"All withdrawal requests must be made in writing to the Office of the Registrar and bear the student's signature. To formally withdraw from a course, complete and submit a Course Withdrawal Request Form (also included in the Forms Package of your course materials), or fax the completed form to the Office of the Registrar. An e-mailed withdrawal request will not be accepted." (Please visit: Ask AU.)
Students with disabilities who wish to request an early withdrawal within the first 30 days of the course start date, should follow the standard procedures identified above.
However, we would advise students to notify the ASD office before formally withdrawing to discuss whether eligibility for funding will be affected and to cancel any support arrangements.
Students with disabilities should direct all other withdrawal requests through the ASD Office. ASD will review the need for the withdrawal with you, the student, and make recommendations.
ASD will consider requests based on the following two categories of withdrawals:
There are a number of factors that will be considered:
Updated April 30 2014 by Student & Academic Services