Former Quarter Drop (formerly known as Hardship Withdrawal Petition)
Former Quarter Drop (formerly known as Hardship Withdrawal Petition) – This process provides students with a mechanism to petition for a grade earned in a former quarter (beginning Spring 2020) to be changed to a Registrar Drop (RD). Petitions for quarters Winter 2020 and earlier will continue to have grades changed to Hardship Withdrawal (HW).
A Former Quarter Drop (FQD) may be granted if a student is unable to complete or withdraw from their course(s) because of extenuating circumstances, beyond the student’s control.
A Former Quarter Drop is not a petition for a tuition refund and only addresses the student’s enrollment and grades as they appear on the transcript. By default, all tuition forfeiture policies will apply to a Former Quarter Drop. Students wishing to petition Tuition Forfeiture, must do so via the Tuition Forfeiture Petition.
Former Quarter Drop Eligibility
- The student is incapable of completing their course(s) because of an extenuating circumstance beyond their control.
- An extenuating circumstance prevented the student from dropping their course(s) by the published course drop deadline for the quarter.
- The FQD Petition is submitted within one year of the quarter being petitioned. If a student wishes to submit an FQD Petition beyond the one-year deadline, it must be supported by a UW school professional explaining why the petition should be considered past the one-year deadline.
- Former Quarter Drop Petitions will not be processed once a degree has been conferred.
FQD Petitions will be reviewed by the Office of the Registrar within 2-3 weeks of the petition’s initial submission date. If the petition is granted, a $20 change of registration fee will be assessed.
Prior to Submitting the Petition
- Students are responsible for reviewing all the information on this page before completing and submitting the Former Quarter Drop Petition.
- Separate FQD Petitions with supporting materials must be submitted for each quarter being petitioned.
- FQDs will not be granted for coursework that has already been applied to a completed degree.
- Submission of an FQD Petition does not guarantee it will be approved.
- Students with F-1 Visa status should meet with an adviser in the Center for International Education (CIE) to be apprised of any Visa status changes due to FQD approval.
- Students submitting an FQD Petition within two weeks of the end of the quarter should first consider requesting an “I” (Incomplete) grade from instructors.
Requirements for Submitting the Petition
- The student must submit a concise statement clearly outlining the circumstances for the FQD Petition (e.g., describing the extenuating circumstance beyond their control) and explaining:
- How these circumstances affected the student’s ability to complete coursework for the course(s) being petitioned.
- How these circumstances prevented the student from dropping the course(s) by the drop deadline.
- Appropriate supporting materials are required:
- Click here for examples of why a Former Quarter Drop may be requested, as well as suggested supporting materials that may be submitted with the FQD Petition.
- All supporting materials must be in English. Materials not originally written in English must be translated by an accredited translator or a third-party professional, and the translator’s contact information must be included.
Submitting the Petition
After submitting the Petition
- A decision will be sent to the student’s uw.edu email address within two to three weeks after the petition is submitted.
- Approved petitions will result in the student’s transcript reflecting a grade of RD (Registrar Drop) for the petitioned course(s).
- Grades cannot be restored once an FQD Petition has been granted.
- No details of hardship will be shared with anyone outside the FQD Review Board.
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