Lengthening of the Drop Period

Policy Memorandum No. 51

Recommended by the Commission on Undergraduate Studies
Approved by University Council: May 7, 1984
Effective: Fall Quarter, 1984

Following extensive study and review, the University Council has approved a Resolution to extend the period in which courses may be dropped without grade penalty and without permission of a student's dean from the 10th to the 20th day of classes of each regular quarter and from the 5th to the 10th day of classes of each summer term, effective Fall Quarter of 1984. The Resolution was endorsed by the Commission on Undergraduate Studies and the Faculty Senate. The Resolution resulted from a request by the Student Government Association, an analysis of drop/add policies at peer institutions by the Office of Institutional Research and Planning Analysis, and a recommendation of an Ad Hoc Committee on Add/Drop Policy to the Commission on Undergraduate Studies.

Following is the approved Resolution:

WHEREAS, the present Drop Policy allows the dropping of courses without penalty through 5:00 p.m. of the tenth day of classes during each quarter of the academic year and through the fifth day of classes during the summer sessions, and

WHEREAS, by petition the Student Government Association has indicated dissatisfaction with the length of the present Drop Period, and

WHEREAS, the Drop Period at Virginia Tech is substantially shorter than the Drop Period at peer institutions, and

WHEREAS, the implied purpose of the Drop Period is to allow students to provide for themselves the most satisfactory program of study, and

WHEREAS, an extended Drop Period without a concomitant extended add period provides a safeguard against wanton and/or capricious course swapping, and

WHEREAS, there is no evidence that the extension of a Drop Period that is presently five days beyond the end of the add period will appreciably alter the utilization of resources,


  1. That the period in which courses may be dropped without grade penalty and without permission of the student's dean shall be through the twentieth class day of each Fall through Spring Quarter and through the tenth class day of each summer term, and

  2. That this policy shall become effective the Fall Quarter, 1984.

President's Policy Memorandum

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