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Consequences of Dropping a Class

How do I decide whether to drop a class?

If you are really struggling in a class, you should MEET WITH THE PROFESSOR (make arrangements for a specific time if you can’t make office hours) and find out exactly where you stand in the class. What is your grade right now? What grades would you need to earn on remaining coursework in order to pass the class? (If you’re taking the class to meet a major requirement, you will need a C- or better. If it’s a Core class or elective, you just need a D- or better. Of course, there’s also your GPA to think about.)

How could dropping a class hurt me?

* For starters, you’ve paid good money for the class and won’t be getting a refund. The amount of money you’re wasting depends on several factors, including whether you pay resident or non-resident tuition, how many other classes you’re taking this semester, and how many classes you’ll end up taking in the future semester (or summer) when you make up for the dropped class.
* You will be making less progress toward graduation this semester. This may not be a big deal, but in some situations, it might mean that you have to take a summer class, take a heavier course load in a future semester, or graduate later than you were planning to.
* If dropping the class leaves you with fewer than 12 credits, you will no longer be considered a full-time student. See below for a full discussion of this issue.
* You will have a “W” on your transcript. See below for a detailed discussion of this issue.

Should I be concerned about not being a full-time student?

That depends. There are several things to consider:

* It could affect your financial aid package or scholarships. To find out if it does, you should contact the Office of Financial Aid or your scholarship provider.
* If you have a job on campus, it could make you ineligible for employment. Talk to your employer about this.
* It could make you ineligible for campus housing. Contact your RA or housing office about this.
* If your health insurance coverage is through your parents, you may only be covered if you are a full-time student. If this applies to you, you should contact your health-insurance provider and ask what their specific rules are.

Is having a “W” on my transcript bad?

If you plan to apply to grad school, law school, or medical school, having a lot of W’s on your transcript could be seen as an indication that have trouble managing your life and workload successfully. However, just one “W” probably won’t raise any eyebrows. In any event, a “W” almost always looks better than an “F.” If you could still make a “C” or “D” in the class, it’s a bit trickier to decide whether to withdraw.

If you’re interested in reading an actual research study on the effects of W’s on graduate admissions decisions in Psychology, download this article.

Thanks to my friends and colleagues Andrew Burow, Dan Robinson, and Kristina Spaeth for writing most of this page!


Instructions on How to Drop a Course (Late Drop)

The Scoop:
As long as you’re NOT a double-degree student who is also enrolled in another college (Engineering, Journalism, Business, etc.), you can withdraw from a class through the “Arts & Sciences Late Drop” form on myCUinfo. You don’t need permission from the instructor or your academic advisor (though it’s always a good idea to consult with your advisor before dropping a course). Be aware that you will have a “W” (for “withdrew”) on your transcript, and you will not receive a tuition refund. Check out the consequences of dropping a class for a more detailed discussion of these issues.

How to do it:
1. If you’re a Mac user, you’ll need to either (a) get on a PC, or (b) use one of the SCARPIE terminals on campus. (Because of compatability issues with Macs and the latest version of Adobe Reader, the online Late Drop form won’t work unless you make some fancy changes to your computer. Frankly, it will be much easier to just use one of the SCARPIE terminals. They have been configured for this already.)
2. Log in to myCUinfo and go to the “Student” tab.
3. Open the expander next to “Registrar Forms.” (Show me!)
4. Click on “Arts & Sciences Late Drop.” (Show me!)
5. Depending on your browser settings, the Late Drop form will either open in a new window/tab or download to your hard drive. If it downloads, the filename will be be something like “acroformtemplate.pdf.” Double-click it, and it should open in Adobe Reader. (If you don’t have an up-to-date version of Adobe Reader, download it here.)
6. The top part of the form should already be filled out with your name, student number, and other information. Just make sure everything is correct.
7. Carefully read the bullet points on the form and check each box. (Show me!)
8. Type in the number of the course you want to drop (including section number). (Show me!)
9. Enter your e-mail address so you can get a confirmation e-mail. (Show me!)
10. Click “submit.” (If you experience technical difficulties at this point, call the Registrar’s Office at 303-492-6970 or go to their office, Regent 105.)
11. Print the PDF for your records.
12. Make sure you get a confirmation e-mail.

Last Day to Drop a Class with out Petition ~ Friday, Oct. 29th 5pm

Deadline (5:00 p.m.) for students whose only college is Arts and Sciences, Architecture and Planning students, and nondegree students to drop a course without any approval signatures. After this date, arts and sciences students and nondegree students must petition their dean’s office to drop a course. Note: Courses dropped after September 8, appear with a W grade on the transcript and no refunds for tuition or fees are given for courses dropped after September 8.

Join CMA in discussing Education & Institutional Racism, Wednesday Oct. 27

Hello all! Please join CMA on Wednesday, October 27, from 5-6pm as we discuss the United States political and educational systems, institutionalized racism, and the progressive movements that are working to bring equality and access to education! The event will be in the CMA Lounge (C4C N320). We hope to see you there!!

SOCY Sophomores & Juniors… Interested in Honors?

SOCY students,
If you have a 3.3 overall and in SOCY coursework, consider completing an honors thesis!
Recommended to take your required methods/research class before your senior year & take classes in your area of interest soon.
Good advisor-advisee pairings often come out of good classroom experiences.

email for more information (isaac.reed@colorado.edu) and see attached flyer

Looking for Courses for Spring 2011? Check these out:

WMST 3700: Global Gender Politics of Health and Reproduction
Tu & Th 12:30PM – 1:45PM HLMS 267

DESCRIPTION: This course examines the gendered aspects of health and reproduction from an international perspective. It looks to gendered power dynamics and policies linked to the environment, racism, imperialism, culture, poverty, war, and religion to better understand such issues as pregnancy, birth, birth control, malnutrition, obesity, cancer, and addiction.
* Fits under the “Global” cognate area of WMST requirements *

This course takes an in-depth look at how the pursuit of happiness in the United States is affected by race and gender, particularly for Black women. Students will discuss the theories and representations of Blackness, womanhood, and happiness present in self-help books, travel writings, Black music, films, magazines, blogs, and other forms of media. This will enable them to understand the extent to which historical processes of racism and sexism continue to leave their imprints on an individual’s ability to attain happiness and success. Using analytical lenses from Black studies, anthropology, psychology, cultural studies, and women’s studies, this course will provide students with an intense interrogation of Black feminist thought, race theories, and gender studies.
* Will count as WMST credit & will fulfill ‘race/ethnicity’ cognate area *

syllabus here

HONR 4055 “Deconstructing Our Culture, Reconstructing Our Lives”
T & Th 12:30 – 1:45

How do we “read” the world and the discourses around us, and how does that reading shape our considerations and our actions? Deconstruction explores the vested interests or hidden contradictions in an ideological system by looking at that which has been marginalized in the service of its preservation. This class also gives you the opportunity to earn from one-to-three hours of credit for doing outreach to communities in need, where we often can intimately experience what life is like on the margins.

READINGS INCLUDE: On Deconstruction; “Freaks As-At the Limit”; Discipline And Punish; Gandhi; Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It; Compassionate Communication; PLAN B 3.0; and others.

Interactive Theatre presents “Why Are We So Suprised?” Wednesday Oct. 27th

Join Interactive Theatre for a frank discussion about heterosexism
Free Public Performance
6 pm Wednesday, October 27th
Dennis Small Cultural Center
UMC 457

see attached flyer!
ITP October Public Performance Info