Request that a non-attending student be dropped


All registered students are expected to attend classes regularly. Attendance is critical for individual student success and class participation that cannot be recreated outside the classroom.

Class attendance on the first scheduled day of a semester is especially important. If a student cannot attend the first class, the student should contact the course instructor before missing the class, or on the day of the class. If, after missing the first class, a student does not attend the second class meeting, the instructor has the right to have the student removed from the class roster during the add/drop period.

Faculty must obtain approval from the dean’s office about withdrawal for non-attendance after the add/drop period. No withdrawals may occur after the 10th week of the semester.

What should I do if a student is not attending my course?

As the instructor of the course, you are not actually obligated to take any particular action. It is the student’s responsibility to attend to registration matters, and if the student remains registered in your course, you would award the grade earned at the end of the semester. 

That said, there are times during the add/drop period (only) in which it would make sense to have non-attending students be dropped in order to open seats for other students .

How do I request that a student be dropped?

During the add/drop period, if a student has not attended the first two classes (or stops attending altogether) you may request that a student be dropped.

  • Send an email to and include the following information:
    • Course and section number - Example: ENG-280-01
    • Semester
    • Student name - please include the ID number if at all possible
    • Last date the student attended - or if the student never attended, state that. This information is required for federal reporting purposes
    • Text stating that you want to have the student withdrawn for non-attendance

Note that during the second week of classes you will be asked for information about attendance for the Financial Aid Office.  While your responses are very important for the Financial Aid Office, a student will not be dropped at that time unless you specifically ask us to drop the student for non-attendance.

After the add/drop period, students may withdraw themselves from courses up until 4pm on the Friday of the 10th week of class.  Faculty can no longer withdraw students by request after the add/drop period ends.