W's (Withdrawal) and WU's (Withdrawal Unauthorized) are two ways to deal with students who leave a class after the drop deadline has passed. Remember that before the drop deadline passes, you should drop students who have never come to class.
Current Semester Withdrawals:
- Withdrawals (W’s) are for when students want to drop a class after the deadline. These must be requested by the student because they need a “serious and compelling” reason as defined by the college; see this website for a list of acceptable reasons.
- Current semester withdrawals are all done completely online now and submitted by instructors for the first 13 weeks of the semester.
- W's stay on a student’s record but do not affect their GPA.
- No documentation is needed until after week 13 (check the registrar's calendar for details). After that, extra supporting documentation will be required. Send students to Tyler (firstname.lastname@example.org) or ask him if you have questions.
How do I submit a withdrawal?
Go to gateway.sfsu.edu > Class Services > Grade Exception Processing > Request Withdrawals
- A Withdrawal Unauthorized (WU) is a forced withdrawal for students who disappear during the semester for an extended amount of time and don't complete enough work to be assigned a grade.
- WU's affects students’ GPA as if it is an F. You should generally try to contact the student at least a couple of times to see if they have a reason for a normal withdrawal before considering a WU.
- The WU is only used for students who stop attending class after the drop deadline and have not been in contact with you (3 weeks or more of no contact--if it is a borderline case and you are not sure what to do, please contact Tyler).
- WU's are not available to assign until grade rosters become available late in the semester (around week 12 usually)
- If a student is taking the class CR/NC, you can assign a NC instead of a WU.
- WU’s can be assigned until grades are due, but if they are assigned to a student before a certain deadline provided by the registrar, students will be ineligible to fill out a SETE evaluation.
- If you are thinking of giving a WU to a student in the first semester of a stretch course (such as ENG 104), note that a WU will mean the student will not be eligible to take the next semester or repeat stretch, and will instead have to enroll in the accelerated course. So make sure you try to communicate this to the student before assigning a WU.
I know a WU can seem harsh, especially for writing classes where a fail is a NC, but students who disappear getting a NC or F can actually cause more problems down the road because it implies they took the class and failed. We have seen too many of these, so please assign WU’s when appropriate!
How do I assign a WU?
Login in to the Faculty Center and assign the student the grade on your Grade Roster. Click "save" at the bottom of the page. You do NOT need to approve the grades at the top of the page.