Struggling in a Class?

The first thing you should do is discuss your difficulty with the course instructor. Together you should be able to determine an appropriate solution.

  • If, after talking with the instructor, you both feel it is best to drop the course, be sure to review the drop deadlines and consequences. Stop and think about what week in the term it is — dropping could result in major financial (and other) consequences. It is also wise to contact your advisor to learn about the implications of dropping. For example, will dropping a course affect your time-to-graduation?

  • If you already completed most of the work in the class and after talking with the instructor, you both feel that the best solution would be to take an incomplete in the course, please know that most often you will have until the sixth week of the following term to make up the work. The instructor will submit a grade of Incomplete with an alternate grade. Your grade will default to the alternate grade by the sixth week of the next term if you do not complete the agreed upon work. Please understand that the option of incomplete is generally given only under extenuating circumstances.

  • If after talking with the instructor, you both feel that the best solution is to attempt to finish the course, be aware of support resources on-campus and in the department offering the course. You should also be aware of the deadline for dropping without petitioning deadlines that vary for full-term semesters and sessions within semesters (including May session). Review them now.

What if you are "just having a hard time" focusing on your course work?:

  • Advisors are always ready to listen and talk through what you are feeling. Begin a conversation with your advisor; he or she will be able to help you think through the best course of action and will make appropriate referrals.

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