Undergraduate Business

Administrative Drop Policy

Administrative drops for lack of prerequisite(s):
It is the student's responsibility to ensure that they have completed the prerequisites for any course for which they register. However, instructors or departments have the option to administratively drop a student from a course for which they do not have required prerequisites that were correctly listed on ISIS. Administrative drops must be processed by the first eight calendar days of the semester, the first two calendar days of the winter session, the three-week summer session or any off-cycle course, or the first four days of the six- or eight-week summer session. These drop actions are made without the assignment of a W (withdrawn). Students who are dropped from courses are notified. Students should not assume that they have been dropped automatically from a course because they do not have the prerequisites.

Administrative drop procedure for lack of prerequisite(s):

  1. Instructors or departments who choose to initiate administrative drops must contact students who do not have the prerequisite(s) and notify them that they will be dropped and by what date (please contact your department secretary to inquire how/if your course can be checked). The communication must include a deadline by which the student must contact the instructor or department, as well as notification that they will be dropped if they fail to contact the instructor or department. A copy of the communication must be sent to the director of the Undergraduate Program Office. (The communication can be accomplished simply by emailing the student and copying Susan Felker, Assistant Dean of the Undergraduate Program, susan-felker@uiowa.edu.
  2. Instructors or departments must complete a drop/add form for each student that they wish to initiate an administrative drop and submit it to the assistant dean of the Undergraduate Program Office in C140 PBB. The student's signature is not required on the drop/add form, but the instructor's signature is required. The statement "administrative drop for prerequisites" must be written on the top of the form. (Check with the DEO of the department as to the exact process for submission as some departments may centralize the process through the secretary.)

The assistant dean of the Undergraduate Program Office will maintain a copy of the drop form and forward the original to the Registration Center to be processed.

Administrative drops for nonattendance

Instructors have the option to administratively drop a student who has missed the first two class periods, unless the student has offered acceptable reasons for beginning the course late. These drop actions are made without the assignment of a W. Students should not assume that they have been dropped automatically from a course because they have not attended it.

Administrative drop procedure for nonattendance:

  1. Instructors or departments who choose to initiate administrative drops must contact students who have missed the first two class periods (unless the student has offered acceptable reasons for beginning the course late) and notify them that they will be dropped and by what date (see deadline for processing above). The communication must include a deadline by which the student must contact the instructor or department, as well as notification that they will be dropped if they fail to contact the instructor or department. A copy of the communication must be sent to the director of the Undergraduate Program Office. (The communication can be accomplished simply by e-mailing the student and copying the Undergraduate Program Office director, Susan Felker, at: susan-felker@uiowa.edu.
  2. Instructors or departments must complete a drop/add form for each student that they wish to initiate an administrative drop for and submit it to the director of the Undergraduate Program Office in C140 PBB. The student's signature is not required on the drop/add form, but the instructor's signature is required. The statement "administrative drop for nonattendance" must be written on the top of the form. (Check with the DEO of the department as to the exact process for submission as some departments may centralize the process through the secretary.)

The director of the Undergraduate Program Office will maintain a copy of the drop form and forward the original to the Registration Center to be processed.

Appeal process for students who have been administratively dropped

Students who wish to appeal an administrative drop should meet with the instructor. If the issue is not resolved at that stage, then the student should see the departmental executive officer (DEO). If it is not resolved there, a meeting should be scheduled with the associate dean of the Undergraduate Program Office. All appeals must be initiated by the student within two days of the drop notification from the instructor.