Prior to the First Day of Classes

Students who have registered for classes for the upcoming term and have decided not to attend CSU Channel Islands should drop all of their classes via their myCI account. Non-attendance does not constitute a formal withdrawal.

First Day of Classes through Week 3

Students may still drop classes via their myCI account through the first three weeks of the semester. Additionalo approval is not required, and no "W" grade will be assigned. Non-attendance does not constitute a formal withdrawal.

  • Continuing students in good academic standing that wish to take more than one semester off should submit a Request for Academic Leave (PDF, 58KB) to the Registrar's Office.
  • Newly admitted students are not eligible for Academic Leave. See the Academic Leave Procedures page for more information.
  • Students withdrawing after the term begins may be responsible for a prorated assessment of tuition and other fees and must verify their account status with Student Business Services at (805) 437-8810

Week 3 deadline by term:

Fall 2020: Friday, September 11, 2020 by 12PM
Spring 2021:
Friday, February 12, 2021 by 12PM

Weeks 4 through 12 of the semester

Beginning the fourth week of the term, dropping a class is permissible only for serious and compelling reasons, such as illness, accident, death in the family, financial hardship, or military duty.

Reasons that are not considered serious and compelling include course workload, neglecting to drop the class during the first three weeks, failing an assignment, or change of major. Non-attendance does not constitute a formal withdrawal.

Students needing to a class must complete a Drop Form, and submit the form to the Registrar's Office.

Individual Course Withdrawal Deadline:
Fall 2020: Friday, November 13, 2020
Spring 2021: TBD

Students needing to drop all classes must complete a Term Withdrawal Form, and submit the form to the Registrar's Office. Term Withdrawal forms must be received no later than 10 calendar days after the end of the semester in which the withdrawal is requested. Students who are unable to come to campus and need assistance with the withdrawal process should contact the Registrar's Office at (805) 437-8500.

Term Withdrawal Deadline:
Fall 2020: Monday, January 4, 2021
Spring 2021: Monday, June 7, 2021

  • A letter grade of “W”, signifying “Withdrawal” will appear on your academic record for each course dropped.
  • Students withdrawing after the 3rd week are considered continuing students and will automatically be updated for registration for the following semester. Students not returning for the following semester should complete a Request for Academic Leave (PDF, 58KB).
  • Students withdrawing after the term begins may be responsible for a prorated assessment of tuition and other fees and must verify their account status with Student Business Services at (805) 437-8810.
  • Newly admitted students are not eligible for Academic Leave. See the Academic Leave Procedures page for more information.
  • Financial Aid recipients must note the following information: As a recipient of federal student aid funds, CSU Channel Islands is required to calculate the amount of the funds to be returned to any Federal Student Aid programs. This calculation is referred to as “Return of Title IV” funds and is mandated by the U.S. Department of Education. Based on your last date of attendance, you will earn a certain percentage of federal student aid funds. Your earned aid percentage takes into consideration the number of days you completed in the semester up until your official withdrawal from the university or last date of attendance. For specific questions, contact the Financial Aid and Scholarships office at (805) 437-8530.
  • Unless otherwise documented, the university will use the date the Term Withdrawal form and supporting documentation are received by the Registrar's Office as the date the student notified the school of the withdrawal and the last date of attendance.
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