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Add/Drop Policy

Adding Courses

Definition

A Course Add is an action taken by a student prior to or during the start of the term to add a course to his/her schedule during the course Add Period. This period begins on the first day of online registration for the semester until the end of the second week of classes. Any changes made after the second week of the semester must be approved by the Advising Center.

Adding Classes during the Online Registration Period

Students may add classes to their schedules through their MyLIU portal during the online registration period. Online registration ends after the second week of classes for the fall and spring terms.  Nontraditional terms and sessions will have customized add dates. See University Tuition Liability Schedule for additional details. Some classes may be blocked for online registration because they require proof of approval. If online registration is unavailable, the student must submit a completed Enrollment Change Form to the Office of the Registrar with approval signatures.  Please see the section on Departmental Consent below for additional information.

After the Second Week of Classes

Beginning with the third week of classes, course additions may require the approval of the following persons and / or departments before the Office of the Registrar will process the change (please note that additional penalties and fees may apply):

  • Instructor (required)
  • Dean or Department Chairperson (required)
  • Student Financial Services (for changes in cost of attendance or enrollment status)

Required Consent

The following course adds may require special administrative or departmental consent as follows:

  • Restricted Courses:  occurs if the department has restricted registration.  The student must obtain either a course permission code or signature from the instructor, department chair, or dean, as defined by the academic department.
  • Credit Overloads: occurs at the career level; when a student would like to add a course(s) that will take him/her over 19 credits for undergraduates and 12 credits for graduates for the semester. Full time students who add credit hours over 18 will be charged additional fees for those excess hours. Students wishing to enroll in an overload must obtain the signature of the advisor, instructor and/or chair as defined by the academic department.
  • Closed Courses: occurs when there are no seats available in the course. The student must obtain the signature of the course instructor and/or department chairperson, as defined by the academic department.
  • Time Conflicts: occurswhen two courses take place during the same or overlapping time period.  The student must obtain the signature of one or both instructors and/or the dean, as defined by the academic department.
  • Requisite Overrides: occurswhen the student does not have the required pre- or co-requisite for the course.  The student must obtain the signature of the advisor, instructor, and/or chairperson, as defined by the academic department.
  • Service Indicator Overrides: occurs when a student has a hold on their account that prevents them from engaging in an enrollment activity.  Students are advised to check for registration holds in their MyLIU portal Student Center page to determine the origin of each hold. The student should contact that office noted and remedy the situation so as to have the hold either removed from their account or obtain approval for the hold to be overridden.

Dropping Courses

Definition

A Course Drop is an action taken by a student prior to or during the start of the term to remove a course from his/her transcript. Students may drop one, some or all of their classes though the drop/add period without receiving any grade. However, students who fail to drop a course or wish to withdraw from a course after the designated drop/add period for a term but before the designated withdrawal deadline must follow the Official Withdrawal procedures. See University Withdrawal Policy for details on Withdrawals.

Dropping Classes Prior to the Third Week of the Term

Students can drop classes up through the second week of the term with no penalty as follows:

  • Drop one or more courses online using their MyLIU portal
  • Drop courses at the Office of the Registrar
  • Drop courses through their Academic Advisor

Students may have their financial aid reduced if the student's enrollment status changes from full-time to part-time, or from full-time or part-time to below half-time. Students will have their financial aid cancelled if the student drops all courses and does not incur any liability, or fails to meet satisfactory academic progress standards as a result of the cancellation of enrollment.  Financial aid for future terms will also be cancelled.  See Appeals Policy for Student Withdrawals and SAP Policy for additional details.  Students receiving Veterans benefits should meet with the Veteran's Certifying Official to determine if drops will affect their current and future benefits when they; add or drop any course, withdraw from or terminate enrollment at the University.

Drops that change a student's enrollment status from full-time to part-time, or from full or part time to below half-time, may have their Federal, State, and/or University aid adjusted.  The University may also be required to report the student's change in enrollment status to lenders, which can trigger the repayment of student loans.  Students will be notified in these cases via writing.

After the Second Week of Classes

Drops after the second week of classes must be officially processed as a partial or full withdrawal. Please see University Withdrawal Policy and/or Student Appeals Policy for additional details.

Required Consent

The following course drops may require special administrative or departmental consent as follows:

  • Co-Requisite Overrides: occurswhen the student is attempting to drop a course which is a co-requisite of another course not being dropped.  The student must obtain the signature of the advisor, instructor, and/or chairperson, as defined by the academic department.
  • Student Athletes: NCAA regulations require that student athletes must be full-time degree seeking students to participate in intercollegiate athletics.  Student Athletes must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits per term.  If a student athlete falls below 12 credits, they are immediately ineligible to practice or compete.  Athletes are advised to speak with the athletic department before dropping courses.
  • Residential Life: Undergraduate resident students are expected to maintain full-time enrollment status each term.  Undergraduate residents are advised to speak with the Office of Residence Life before dropping classes.
  • Service Indicator Overrides: occurs when students have one or more holds on their account that prevents them from performing a course drop.  Students are advised to check for registration holds in their MyLIU portal Student Center page to determine the origin of each hold. The student should contact that office noted and remedy the situation so as to have the hold either removed from their account or obtain approval for the hold to be overridden.