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Course Withdrawal

Hunter has five types of grades of withdrawal: W, WA, WD, WN and WU.

There may be serious academic and financial consequences associated with course withdrawal. Please discuss your situation with an Advisor in the Office of Advising Services, 1119 East Building or in the Office of Financial Aid, Room 241, North Building.

W (Official Withdrawal)
A non-punitive grade initiated by a student when a class is dropped via CUNYfirst during the published withdrawal period. You may withdraw officially with a grade of W between the third week of classes and the first day of the tenth week of classes. The official deadline date for each semester and summer term is published in the academic calendar. After the deadline, a withdrawal will be recommended by the only when it is clear that you have compelling reasons, (e.g., medical emergency, and adequate documentation, such as a formal letter from healthcare provider.) In such cases, you must submit formal verification of your last date of class attendance from your instructor(s). For more information, download Course Withdrawal Guidelines (PDF).

WA (Administrative Withdrawal)
If you have failed to comply with all immunization requirements, the WA grade will be assigned to each course for which you are registered. See Wellness Services for immunization information and forms.

WD (Withdraw Drop)
A non-punitive grade initiated by a student when a class is dropped via CUNYfirst after the financial aid certification date but before the published withdrawal period (usually, the 2nd and 3rd week of classes).  The course and grade will not appear on transcripts. If a student never attended the class, a WN will replace this grade after the instruc-tor has submitted his/her attendance verification roster.

WN (Never Attended)
A non-punitive grade assigned by the Registrar after an instructor has marked a student absent. The course and grade will not appear on transcripts.  

WU (Unofficial Withdrawal)
If you have ceased to participate in a course but have not withdrawn officially, you shall be deemed to have withdrawn unofficially. Evidence of unofficial withdrawal includes failure to attend class meetings for at least four weeks consecutively through the end of the semester (the last day of classes); failure over this period to meet any course requirements; and failure to attend the final examination. The WU, by CUNY regulations, is equivalent to a grade of F.

For more information about course withdrawal and grades of W, WA, WD, WN and WU, visit the One Stop for Students website, or consult the Hunter College Undergraduate Catalog.

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