Adding a Course
Students may not enroll in a full-semester course after registration is closed except by petition to the
Academic Standards Committee and with consent of the instructor and advisor.
Dropping a Course
With the approval of the faculty advisor, a course may be dropped and expunged from students’
records if proper application is filed with the Registrar by the date specified in the College Calendar
as the “final day to drop classes.” In the event of seriously extenuating circumstances, students may
petition the Academic Standards Committee to drop a course after this date.
The Petition may be approved at the Academic Standards Committee’s discretion only when illness
or other seriously extenuating circumstances prevented the student from meeting the Academic
Calendar deadlines. In cases of illness, the Academic Standards Committee may request verification
by a medical practitioner. Students may wish to consult with the Office of Student Affairs prior to
submitting a Petition. Health/medical documentation may be presented to the Office of Student
Affairs, who will share with the committee if desired, but will not be saved as part of the academic
files in the Registrar’s Office.
Pass/No Credit Grading Option
The P/NC option exists so that students might benefit by taking a course without the pressure of a
letter grade appearing on the transcript. The P/NC option allows students to select at the outset of
the semester, with the permission of the instructor, the system of evaluation under which they would
prefer to take a class. In the event of seriously extenuating circumstances, students may petition the
Academic Standards Committee to invoke or reverse the P/NC request after the deadline.
Students may take only one course each semester on a P/NC basis. To do so, students should obtain
the instructor’s signature on a P/NC form available from the Registrar’s Office. In some majors,
courses taken to fulfill the major requirements cannot be taken on a P/NC basis. Consult with your
major advisor. The deadline for filing the completed form with the Registrar is the date designated in
the catalog as the last day to drop classes without a recorded grade.
Withdrawing from a Courses
Students may withdraw from a course after the deadline for dropping courses, but no later than the
last day of classes, only if work in the course has been satisfactory (defined as “C” if the course is
being taken “Pass/Non-Credit,” “D” or above for all other courses) and only with the signed
approval of the course instructor and faculty advisor. For these approved withdraws, students’
transcripts will show “W” (Withdraw). Students may not withdraw from a course after the last day
of classes. Withdraw forms must be on file in the Registrar’s Office by the last day of classes. The last
day for graduating seniors to withdraw from a course in the spring semester would be one week
prior to “The Last Day of Classes.” Check the Academic Calendar for the exact date. Petitions for late
withdraws will be reviewed by the Academic Standards Committee.
-Pitzer College 2016-17 Catalog