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Drop Date This Term Moves to Wednesday

By Carina Fung

Drop Date this year is on a Wednesday instead of on a Friday as it has been in years past. The move will put Drop Date at its intended three weeks before the last day of classes of this semester.

"Drop Date has always been three weeks prior to the end of classes. This is according to faculty policies and procedures, rules, and regulations," said J. D. Nyhart, acting registrar and chair of the Committee on Academic Performance.

The term always ends on a Wednesday, which dictates that Drop Date fall on the Wednesday exactly three weeks before the term ends. However, in previous years, Drop Date was sometimes moved to the Friday before the third week because the Wednesday it would have fallen on was just before Thanksgiving vacation, Nyhart said.

The faculty always decides such deadlines, like the deadline for Add Date and Drop Date, said Associate Registrar Elizabeth C. Bradley. The registrar just enforces the policies and deadlines, she said.

Rules are similar for Add Date as well, which fell on Friday, Oct. 4 this year, Bradley said. "Add Date falls on the end of the fifth week of term, unless the class to be added begins after the normal first day of classes," she said.

"If a student shows up late on Add Date and was unable to find his adviser to sign the form, we tell them to make every effort to find any professor in the department to sign it," Bradley said. Then the form may be handed in no later than noon one working day later, she said.

"The two-day grace period' that many students seem to think they have to hand in their forms does not reflect practice," Nyhart said.