Withdraw From a Class

During the Course Adjustment Period (CAP)

As a graduate student, you may make schedule changes (add or delete one or more courses) at any time from the start of registration until the end of the CAP. During this time, students can alter their own schedules via PiratePort. Adding a course is always subject to seating availability.

After the Course Adjustment Period (CAP)

The CAP usually ends four days after the start of a semester. The date can be found on the official university calendars. Once the CAP has passed, a student can withdraw from a course, but can no longer add a course, up until the Final Withdrawal Date. Switching sections is not allowed after the CAP.

Class Withdrawal Instructions

You are NOT able to remove a class from your schedule through PiratePort after the CAP – this must be done by the Registrar’s Office (regis@ecu.edu) via email from your ECU student email address. The email should include:

  • Full name
  • ECU Banner ID
  • Course name/number
  • Reason

Please copy your advisor on any email correspondence regarding class or term withdrawal. Graduate students do not need a schedule change form or a signature/approval from the College of Business Graduate Programs office.

The Registrar’s Office will send an email confirmation once the request has been processed. Note that this is a manual process and not all requests are processed on the same day they are received (i.e. over the weekend). All requests will be backdated to the date of email request and processed accordingly. This means if you submit your request on a Saturday, the Registrar’s office will make the effective withdraw date to be Saturday, even if the request is processed the following Tuesday.

No course is officially withdrawn or added until the required procedure is completed.  It is your responsibility to complete the procedure for course withdrawals.  You can check the status of your request by reviewing your Academic Transcript in PiratePort.

Term Withdrawal Instructions – Only or All Classes

If you wish to drop your ONLY class or to drop ALL of your classes, the process is called a Term Withdrawal.  All withdrawals must be made prior to the final withdrawal date listed on the academic calendar and are processed by the Registrar’s office. You may not withdraw by phone.

You must complete the Term Withdrawal Form. Please note that it may take up to 5 business days for your withdrawal to be completed in the system however, the Registrar’s office will backdate the withdrawal to the date of request.

Registrar’s Office Contact Info: ECU Office of the Registrar 207 E. 5th Street, Greenville, NC 27858, (252) 328-6747 or via email: regis@ecu.edu

Final Withdrawal Date

The final date to withdraw from a class without a grade for each term can be found on the official University calendars. The withdrawal date is a hard deadline with no exceptions.

There is no limit to the number of classes a graduate student in good standing can withdraw from during their graduate program.

Consequences of Withdrawing from a Class

If you are on academic probation and you withdraw a course after “census day” of the term, the withdrawn course is included in the number of semester hours allowed under probation. Census Day for each term can be found on the University calendars.

Withdrawing from a course has Financial Aid implications. If you receive Financial Aid, please contact their office to discuss your plans.

If you withdraw from a course before the deadline, you will not receive a grade, however the course will appear on your transcript with a “W”; the drop does not affect your GPA.

If you withdraw from a course that is a prerequisite or co-requisite for another course you are registered for in a future semester, the withdrawal will impact that subsequent course.