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Withdrawal from the University

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Withdrawal (WD) policy for Spring 2020

Last Modified: Friday, May 1, 2020 11:28 am

As a consideration of the complex challenges Montclair State University students are facing this spring 2020 semester, the following policy adjustments for WD will apply to this semester only.

This policy is designed to support undergraduate and graduate student success and well-being by providing an extended Withdrawal Option (WD) for Spring 2020. Specifically, students will be able to elect to use a WD until Monday, May 4, 2020. Withdrawing from a course should be considered a last resort for anyone. Students are encouraged to consider other alternatives including PASS/FAIL and INCOMPLETE as options prior to selecting the Withdraw option. See information and directions for choosing PASS/FAIL options here. Note: PASS/FAIL options are limited to Undergraduate students. WD and INCOMPLETE policies apply to both graduate and undergraduate students. Review the Incomplete Policy, including the extended deadline of Thursday, October 15, 2020.

Details of the WD policy are outlined below:

  • Students can elect to withdraw from a spring 2020 course until Monday, May 4, 2020.
  • Students can make that choice for any or all of their courses. This, of course, applies only to courses still operational and not to those ended and graded earlier in the semester.
  • When a student withdraws from a course by Monday, May 4, 2020, a WD will be entered on the official transcript for this course.
  • Selecting to have a WD for a course has no impact on GPA; that is, if you believe you will fail a class, it is better for you to select a WD.
  • Courses that are completed with a WD carry no credit towards graduation.
  • With the WD
    • Billed charges do not change.

    • The WD will not be factored into the progression calculation for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).

    • Financial aid that has been disbursed will not be affected by the WD. No aid will be canceled or reduced as a result of the WD.

    • State and federal aid that has not yet been disbursed may be affected by the WD.

  • Once a student selects the WD option, he/she/they should stop attending the course.
  • To select to withdraw from a class, click Register for Classes in NEST, and choose which of your spring classes you would like to withdraw from. Select Withdraw and it will be automatically processed.

IMPORTANT: Students should review their decision to select a WD grade option with an advisor.

Transcript notations regarding PASS/FAIL grading and the revised WD policy for the spring 2020 will be inserted by the registrar on official transcripts.

Please Note: This policy applies only to the spring 2020 semester.


Undergraduate Students wishing to withdraw from the University must complete an official Withdrawal/Leave of Absence form. Students must withdraw from all of their classes via NEST prior to submitting the Withdrawal/Leave of Absence form.

Graduate Students requesting a leave of absence or withdrawal from the University must contact The Graduate School.

Notification to University College or The Graduate School does not constitute an official withdrawal from individual courses.

Students who seek due to withdrawal due to disciplinary action see the Student Code of Conduct.

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