Withdrawals appear on a student’s permanent record and count towards a student’s attempted hours. Here are details of different types of withdrawals.

  • Voluntary Withdrawal
    Students may make a voluntary withdrawal from a class or classes using PAWS. There is limit on withdrawals for undergraduate degree-seeking students. Undergraduate students are allowed to withdraw with a grade of W a maximum of six times in their undergraduate careers at Georgia State. There is no withdrawal limit for graduate and non-degree seeking students (i.e., post-baccalaureate and transients). Further details on voluntary withdrawals can be found in the University catalog.
  • Involuntary Withdrawal
    When a faculty member determines that a student is in violation of one of the class policies (e.g., has missed a required assignment or has excessive absences), that faculty member may withdraw the student from the course.  Further details on involuntary withdrawals can be found in the University catalog.
  • Emergency Withdrawal
    Students may be emergency withdrawals when non-academic emergency situations occur which prevent them from completing their coursework (e.g., severe medical problems, traumatic events/circumstances that cause them to miss numerous classes).  Further details on emergency withdrawals can be found in the University catalog.
  • Military Withdrawal
    A student who is on active duty or is a military reservist (including members of the National Guard) may withdraw from the university if called for active duty or reassignment. The student must officially withdraw and submit Official Orders to Active Duty to the Enrollment Services Center. Further details on military withdrawals can be found in the University catalog.
  • Non-Academic Withdrawal
    In the judgment of the Dean of Students, a student may be withdrawn from the university for non-academic reasons when it is determined that the student has demonstrated behavior that: (a) poses a significant danger or threat of physical harm to self or to the person or property of others; or (b) interferes with the rights of other members of the university community or with the exercise of any proper activities or functions of the university or its personnel.

When and How You Can Withdraw

You must complete the procedure to withdraw from a class using PAWS. A withdrawal before the semester midpoint does not guarantee a grade of W. We encourage you to speak to your advisor or professor before withdrawing from a course.

For more detailed information on withdrawals, please refer to the “Revision of Class Schedule” section in the University catalogs.