W (Withdrawal) is not an automatic process. The student is responsible for officially withdrawing, through the Admissions and Records Office, to avoid receiving “F” or “NP” (no-pass) grades.
Upon entering Golden West College, the student assumes the responsibility of completing each course in which he/she is registered. A college student is expected to attend all sessions of the classes in which he/she is enrolled. An instructor may drop a student for excessive absences when the instructor determines that, due to absences, the student may not successfully complete the course. Students who miss the first meeting of the class may also be dropped. Students who are dropped by their instructors for missing the first class meeting or for excessive absences should verify the instructor drop with the Admissions Office in order to avoid grade penalties and to comply with critical drop dates as specified. After a student has been dropped from the class for unexcused absences, appeal for reinstatement will be considered only under extenuating circumstances.
Each student is responsible to complete OR officially withdraw from each class in which he/she enrolls.
Change in the No-Penalty Withdrawal Deadline
Effective summer 2012, the No-Penalty Withdrawal Deadline will be shortened to coincide with the new State regulations. This means that the period to withdraw without penalty (no transcript notation, not counted in repeatability and/or progress probation or disqualification) will be shortened from 30% of the length of class to the first to 20%. For full-term classes, no transcript notation will be made for official withdrawals made during the first two weeks of the semester. For specific dates, refer to your Student Class Program (Web Schedule Bill) or download the free app from the app stores and find it on your Smartphone!
Official withdrawals made after the 2nd week and before the end of the 12th week of the term (75% of the term) will be counted toward repeatability limits as well as be counted toward progress probation and disqualification. W’s are not used in grade point average calculation.
Withdrawals are not permissible after the 12th week for full-term courses or 75% for short-term courses. After that deadline, student must be assigned a grade (A, B, C, D, F, P or NP).
We recommend students consult with a counselor regarding the consequences of withdrawing from courses.
Students who are dropped by their instructors for missing the first class meeting or for excessive absences should verify the instructor drop with the Admissions Office in order to avoid grade penalties and to comply with critical drop dates as specified.
Students should be aware that “W’s” are used to determine academic status.
Students may withdraw/drop a class by:
1. Logging in to your MyGWC site. Drops will be allowed via the web in accordance with published drop deadlines. Please note: Be sure to click on “submit changes” after you enter the CRN you wish to drop. Verify all withdrawals by printing a “Student Class Program (Web Schedule Bill)” which is located in the “Other Student Resources” channel on the Student tab. Please note: Some “holds” may prohibit you from dropping a class online. Please see #2, #3 and #4 below for alternative methods for dropping a class.
2. Mailing a letter or Student Drop Form <Download the form> by the drop deadline date to Golden West College, 15744 Golden West Street, Huntington Beach CA 92647 . The letter or drop form should be sent to the attention of the Admissions Office and the student needs to make sure the envelope has a USPS postmark on or before the deadline date.
3. Fax your request or Student Drop Form <Download the form> to the Admissions office. FAX number is 714.895.8960. Please make sure to print and save the “sent confirmation” from your fax machine for your records.
4. In-person in the Admissions Office during normal business hours, Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Fridays 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Student will be required to present a valid GWC Photo ID, Drivers License, Military ID or Passport to drop a class.