03 Registration and Withdrawal (2017)

03.1 Registration

03.11(fs) Quota of semester credits. Any student enrolled in courses totaling more than 20 credits must have received the approval of his or her college dean.

03.111 Fees for credits in excess of 20. Students enrolled in courses totaling more than 20 credits after the fifth Friday of classes will be billed the appropriate surcharge on a per-credit basis. (See 03.11(fs) regarding the dean’s approval.) No refund will be made if the student subsequently drops a course, bringing the course load to 20 or fewer credits. A student, during the course of his or her career, may petition the Registrar for a waiver of these requirements for up to 6 credits in activity-type courses; these may be composed of 3 such 2-credit courses, 6 such 1-credit courses, or 12 such half-credit courses, or a combination thereof.

03.112 Class standing. A.A. and baccalaureate undergraduates are assigned class standing on the basis of semester credit hours of academic work completed with a passing grade, as follows: to be a sophomore, 26 credit hours; to be a junior, 58 credit hours; to be a senior, 90 credit hours. A.A.S. candidates: to be a senior, 26 credit hours. (See also 05.11(fs).)

03.12 Failure to register. Credit will be given only for those courses2 for which a student has properly registered.

03.13 Auditing. Any student of the University may, with the approval of his or her adviser and the continuing consent of the instructor concerned, audit any course at the University upon payment of the regular fees. The deadline for requesting an audit grade is Friday of the fifth week of classes. The change is accomplished by submitting a change of registration form to the Registrar’s Office (See also 03.14 and 05.23(fs).)

Subsequent requests for change to audit will be by petition to the Registrar for compelling reasons only, requiring approval of the course instructor, the student’s adviser, and the dean of the student’s college.

03.14 Change of registration. Within academic deadlines, students may drop or add a course in Webcat by using a Registration Access Code (RAC) or filing a change of registration form with the Registrar’s Office, completed with approval from the instructor and the student’s adviser. (See 03.142(fs) and 03.144(fs).)

03.141(fs) Failing a prerequisite. A student who fails a prerequisite to a course for which she or he is registered must drop the course, following the procedure outlined in rules 03.144(fs) and 03.145(ad/ss).

03.142(fs) Deadline for adding courses. A student may add a course to his or her schedule before the third Friday of classes each semester. The addition may be made in Webcat by use of a Registration Access Code (RAC) through the semester’s second Tuesday (4:30 PM) or by filing with the Registrar’s Office a change of registration form signed by that instructor and the student’s adviser. A student may add a course after the third Friday only for compelling reasons, which must be presented in a petition signed by the course instructor and approved by the student’s adviser and the dean of the student’s college.

03.143(fs) Deadline for dropping courses. A student may drop a course before the end of the fifth Friday of classes (or third Friday of classes for courses of less than a semester’s duration) in Webcat by use of a Registration Access Code (RAC) through the semester’s second Tuesday (4:30 PM) or by filing with the Registrar’s Office a change of registration form signed by the instructor of the course and the student’s adviser.

A student may drop a course after the fifth Friday of classes only for compelling non-academic reasons, which must be presented in a petition signed by the course instructor and approved by the student’s adviser and the dean of the student’s college. This petition is subject to approval by the Academic Standards and Advising Committee. (See 7.132(fs) and 7.11(fs) regarding grades for courses dropped; and 11.14 regarding refund of tuition.)

03.15 Variable credits. Credits in a variable credit course are established either by the student with departmental approval or assigned by the department at the beginning of the semester. In either case, the student may make the change by use of a Registration Access Code (RAC) through the semester’s second Tuesday (4:30 PM) or by a change of registration form with the Registrar’s Office.

03.2 Transfers

03.21 Change of college. A bachelor’s degree candidate may change from one college in the University to another only with the approval of the deans and departments of the colleges involved by submitting a request through the online change of major process. This change must be approved by his or her advisor and department chairperson in the curriculum or major that the student is leaving, and by the advisor and department chairperson in the major or curriculum to which the student wishes to transfer. An associate degree candidate must apply through the Office of Admissions to change colleges.

03.22 Change of curriculum or major. A student may change his or her curriculum or major to another within the same college by submitting a request through the online change of major process. This change must be approved by his or her adviser and department chairperson in the curriculum or major that the student is leaving, and by the adviser and department chairperson in the major or curriculum to which the student wishes to transfer. Dual Majors: Students with dual majors must maintain a 2.5 grade point average to continue as dual majors.

03.23 Issuance of transcripts. A student is required to satisfy University accounts before the Registrar will issue an official transcript and/or diploma as evidence of work done at this University. (See 11.21 and 11.22.)

03.3 Withdrawal from the University

03.31 General rule. A student may withdraw from the University in any semester by obtaining, completing, and submitting a withdrawal form from the Registrar’s Office. Until mid-semester, students may withdraw from the University without academic liability, receiving a grade of W in all courses. Students withdrawing from the University after mid-semester must be assigned a WP or WF by their instructors.

The WF will be computed into the student’s grade-point averages. Failure to register in any regular semester or to formally withdraw is considered a lapse in a student’s degree status and a transcript notation is recorded "degree status discontinued." The student must subsequently apply for readmission. (For tuition rebate, see 11.241; for housing rebate, see 11.243; for dining rebate, see 14.5. For withdrawal grades, see 7.132(fs). For leaves for reasons of health, see 22.)

03.32 Leave of absence. Any student not subject to any academic or conduct action wishing to seek a leave of absence from their degree program may consult with their respective college dean’s office or the Office of the University Registrar. Reasons for requesting a leave of absence may include financial, academic, personal, or health reasons. Students who request a leave that begins while they are matriculated in a given semester will be subject to the rules governing refunds and the award of W, WP, and WF as noted in section 3.31. In most instances, however, leaves that are not health related begin after the completion of a semester.

Any student wishing to leave UNH for health reasons should go first to Health and Wellness to begin the process. Note that students who are granted a leave of absence for health reasons are prohibited from study away program participation during the duration of the leave, must remain on leave for one complete semester following the granting of the leave, and must be cleared by Health and Wellness before returning from a leave for health reasons.

Students returning from a leave for a Fall semester must notify the Registrar by June 1 of their intent to return and by November 1 when returning for Spring semester. Students will be reinstated into the same major at the point of their leave’s start. Normally, leaves of absence may not exceed three academic years or six semesters, exclusive of J-Term and Summer Session. Exceptions to the leave of absence policy will be granted by the University Academic Standards and Advising Committee and only in unusual circumstances.

Until mid-semester, students may take a Leave of Absence from the University without academic liability, receiving a grade of W in all courses. Students taking a Leave of Absence from the University after mid-semester must be assigned a WP or WF by their instructors. The WF will be computed into the student’s grade-point averages. Failure to return from a leave of absence or to formally withdraw is considered a lapse in a student’s degree status in the next semester after three academic years have elapsed and a transcript notation is recorded "degree status discontinued." The student must subsequently apply for readmission. (For tuition rebate, see 11.241; for housing rebate, see 11.243; for dining rebate, see 14.5. For withdrawal grades, see 7.132(fs). For withdrawal for reasons of health, see 22.)


2Course refers to a unit of work, such as English 401, Mathematics 425, while "curriculum" refers to a group of courses, such as the forest resources curriculum, chemistry curriculum, general liberal arts curriculum, etc.