Withdrawals

Before requesting a withdrawal from a course offered by a program in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts (LCA), students should consult LCA’s policy on withdrawals to access whether they have an acceptable reason for a withdrawal. Students need an acceptable reason according to the policy to gain approval at the College level. The Academic Senate Policy on Withdrawal from Courses states that students may withdraw from a course a maximum of two times and from no more than 18 semester-units of course work.

 

Withdrawals for the Current Semester. The College of Liberal & Creative Arts processes current semester withdrawals through online petitions.  Before requesting a withdrawal students should make sure their request is consistent with LCA’s policy on withdrawals.  If the reason for the withdrawal is consistent with the policy, students should consult with their instructor to start the process.  Appointments will not be given for a Dean’s review; petitions will be processed within a week of being received.

 

Withdrawals for a Previous Semester. Withdrawals from courses in previous semesters must be done by paper petitions.  Before requesting a withdrawal students should make sure their request is consistent with LCA’s policy on withdrawals.  If the reason for the withdrawal is consistent with the policy, complete either a petition for Retroactive Withdrawal from a Course or Retroactive Term Withdrawal.  An acceptable reason for the withdrawal should be stated clearly without any reference to unacceptable reasons.

 

Before submitting the petition for a Dean’s review, make sure that all parts of the petition are completed; that the student, instructor, and Chair have signed; and that an unofficial transcript is attached. Students who want assistance in completing their petition packet may request an appointment with an advisor at the ARC (Advising Resource Center) by emailing achieve@sfsu.eduPetitions for Term Withdrawal should be submitted to the Registrar's Office at the One Stop Student Service Center in the Student Services Buidling.

 

Packets for withdrawals in a previous semester which are otherwise complete, but still needing a Dean’s signature, should be submitted to the LCA Dean's Office in Room 251 of the Creative Arts Building. Appointments will not be given for a Dean’s signature; petitions will be processed within a week of being received.

If there are no issues with a petition, it will be acted upon and forwarded to the Registrar. If there is a problem, the student will be informed within a week by email. It is imperative that students write their email address on the petition clearly.

ARC staff can be reached at achieve@sfsu.edu, (415) 338-1486,
or visit us at HUM 112 Monday - Friday 9am-5pm.