Adding / Dropping Courses

Adding and Dropping Courses

Students, other than freshmen, may add a course(s) to their program, or drop a course without penalty, until the end of the Add/Drop period. Refer to the Academic Calendar for exact dates. Students should check their class schedules each semester/term prior to the end of the Add/Drop period to ensure that their schedule is correct.

Freshmen may not change their class schedules without special permission from the Dean of Experimental and Foundation Studies, except during Wintersession.

A few days before classes begin, web registration via Student Planning is discontinued and adding and dropping of classes is stopped until the first day of the semester.Once classes begin, adding must be done on the paper Add/Drop Form. Dropping may be done on Student Planning for electives and Liberal Arts, but required classes must be dropped using the Drop form.

Adding a class requires the written permission of the instructor on the official Add/Drop Form available from the Registrar. On rare occasions, an instructor, with the prior approval of his/her department head and division dean, may deny students permission to add a class after its first meeting even when there is an opening.

The signature of the instructor is not needed to drop a class. By the drop deadline, the student must either report to the Registrar to file the paperwork needed to record the drop or drop it themselves on Student Planning. Unofficial drops, in which a registered student does not file a drop or withdrawal with the Registrar, will be graded as failures (F grade or UW--unofficial withdrawal--depending on instructor preference). Students should be certain that they officially drop classes they are not attending and should not rely on the instructor to officially remove them from a class. Unofficial adds, in which an unregistered student sits in on a class, will not be graded or credited on the academic record. Requests to retroactively add a course after the semester has passed will not be considered.

Note: International Students on the F-1 Visa should always check with the Office of International Student Services prior to making any changes to their RISD program. Any changes in program must be updated on the Form I-20 immigration document at all times.

Withdrawing from a RISD off-campus global learning program:

Prior to Program Commencement:

Requesting to withdraw from a RISD off-campus global learning program (including but not limited to RISD in Rome, RISD in Seoul, RISD Global Exchange, RISD Global Summer and Wintersession Travel Courses), once accepted, is highly discouraged. Should there be a need to withdraw prior to the program please submit a petition at least 45 days prior to the beginning of the program. This petition will be reviewed by a committee and you will be notified approximately 15 days after the petition is received. Please be sure to provide the committee with any pertinent information that supports your request (i.e. medical documentation). Please note, in the case a student is approved to withdraw from the program in advance, a full reimbursement will only be possible if the School has not yet incurred any associated costs.

After Program Commencement:

Using the add/drop process, it is not possible to drop a RISD off-campus global learning program or course (including but not limited to: RISD in Rome, RISD in Seoul, RISD Global Exchange, RISD Global Summer and Wintersession Travel Courses) after it has commenced. RISD provides many resources to support students during their RISD Global experiences. In the case of unforeseen and extenuating circumstances, and after you have spoken with the faculty lead, the host school international office, and/or in special circumstances RISD Global, for approval to withdraw from the program, please be aware that no refund will be issued. Returning to RISD in the current semester is not an option.


Withdrawing from a Course with a Grade of "W"

With the written approval of the instructor on the Course Withdrawal form, a student may withdraw from a course with a grade of “W” during the course withdrawal period.

Deadline dates are published in the Academic Calendar. The grade of “W” has no effect upon the grade point average. Courses graded “W” do not count toward the minimum semester total of 12 credits required for good academic standing.

The grade of “W” has no effect upon the grade point average. Courses graded “W” do not count toward the minimum semester total of 12 credits required for good academic standing.