Effective Fall 2008, Georgia State University students will no longer be allowed to withdraw themselves after the midpoint of the course.
The WF grade is a persistent source of confusion. By BOR policy, we are allowed (but not required) to used the WF grade and, if we choose to use it, it must figure into the GPA as if it were an F. Despite all advisement efforts, there is still a small group of students who think that a WF has less of an effect on their GPA than an F. A student who misses the deadline for a W is always better off staying in the class and trying to earn a C or D, and pick up one or two quality points that would get them closer to graduating and maintaining (or recovering) HOPE than would a WF. A student who for some non-academic reason cannot stay in the class, is always better off seeking a hardship withdrawal instead of taking a WF. We believe that the vast majority of withdrawals after the mid-point and therefore of WF grades are the result of students who simply do not understand the rules. It is better to removing this confusion option.
If this policy is passed, students who attempted to withdraw post mid-point would simply be told that the withdrawal period has ended and that they would consult the Student Advisement Center or their OAA office for more information.
In Fall 2006, WFs were much less than 1% of all grades (0.28%). There were 280 WFs out of 97,311 total grades.
This policy does not in any way change any faculty membersí ability to give a WF.
This policy is already in effect at Georgia Tech. In fact, Georgia Tech goes further and does not use the WF grade at all. Students who receive a hardship withdrawal automatically receive a W. UGA allows the grade of WF.