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Fall 2020 Notice

In an effort to mitigate the negative impacts on student GPAs and academic progress at this late point in the semester, Virginia Tech will adhere to its decision not to offer an alternative grading system for students for fall 2020. This decision ensures the university can maintain academic rigor and preserve the strength, integrity, and value of a Virginia Tech degree.

To assist students experiencing course performance and/or completion challenges, the university will re-open registration on November 19 for fall semester to allow course drops through December 9, 2020 at 11:59 PM. Registration will reopen Thursday, November 19th and will remain open until December 9 for course drop. Students may choose to drop a course rather than use the W grade policy which creates equitable support for those who have already exhausted their use of the W grade. Students who have already chosen to use the W grade this semester will be allowed to drop the course as an alternative. If students are unable to finish work at the end of term due to health or other extenuating circumstances, they may request the instructor assign an incomplete, allowing course requirements to be completed over an extended time, as arranged with the faculty member.

When attempting to access the registration system again, you may need to first check your pre-registration status. For assistance please view the Pre-Registration Tutorial.

Important Considerations for Students Before Opting to Drop a Course

  • Graduate Students should NOT drop a course through Course Registration. Instead they should contact the Graduate School and utilize a WG grade.
  • International Students should NOT drop a course without first consulting with an International Student Advisor in Cranwell International Center (schedule a virtual/online appointment) if doing so will impact Visa enrollment requirements (NOTE: registration will NOT allow an international student to drop below full time).  Failure to do so may result in the termination of the student's record in the US Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Pursuant to federal regulations, the student may be required to apply and be approved for a Reduced Course Load (RCL) prior to dropping a course. 
  • Any Student receiving any type of Financial Aid should reach out to the Office of University Scholarships and Financial Aid prior to dropping a course to ensure doing so will not negatively impact their aid package. Additionally:
    • Any in-state student who receives the Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program (VGAP) must complete 30 credit-hours per year.  If a student drops a course this fall, the balance of the 30 hours must be made up this academic year.
    • Some scholarships also have a 30 credit-hour per academic year requirement and will need to make up the balance of the 30 hours this academic year. 
    • Any student on a Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Plan that requires a 100% completion of attempted coursework will not be in compliance with their plan if a course is dropped.  
  • All Students should consider what impact dropping a course will have on their ability to make progress toward degree.  This is especially important when considering dropping a course that serves as a prerequisite for an upcoming required course.