A Failure of Commitment

Students at UGA are apparently slackers who like to withdraw from classes too frequently. So some faculty and do-gooder students want to tighten requirements to withdraw.

Next they’ll be recommending shuttering Broad Street.


  1. The problem is that so many students make a literal lifestyle out of withdrawing from classes. Once they’ve been assigned a seat in that class, no other student may have and when they withdraw from the class, the seats lost and someone else who really needed the class could have taken the course.

  2. UGAchris says:

    Hey, here’s an idea. Instead of regulating withdrawals, why can’t the UGA administration extend the drop/add period at the beginning of the semester? Instead, they recently decreased it. A longer drop/add period would certainly decrease the number of withdrawals. So MatthewSuber, why did your SGA give in and let the University shorten drop/add?

  3. “So MatthewSuber, why did your SGA give in and let the University shorten drop/add?”

    First off, I agree that a longer drop/add period is optimal. Not going to argue that. What I will contest is your assertion that “my” SGA “gave in” when in fact, the decision to shorten drop/add was made well before we took office; under the previous administration. Now, as a senator, was I there at the University Council to adamantly protest this decision? Yes.

    We’re currently working on researching how this new period impacts withdrawls. Once we prove that a shortened period promotes more withdrawls, we will return the administration, who has showed interest in this correlation, to attempt the extension of drop/add.

    The statistics surrounding withdrawls are worrisome. If students were given a very reasonable limit to work with, it would play to everyone’s advantage except those students who consistently withdraw from several classes each semester. We just have to make sure students are in agreement at where that limitation should be set.

  4. Adam Fogle says:


    That’s a pretty good idea. There will occasionally be an undergrad course in which even the best student can determine that, half way through the semester, they are not going to be able to achieve the desired grade.

    Everyone deserves a few mulligans, especially if the professor turns out to be a real jerk or the student was not quite prepared for the course, etc. But to make a “lifestyle” of withdrawing is detrimental to the university and other students, not mention the student and his/her parents (who are likely footing the bill).

  5. DougieFresh says:

    At tech, Chemical Engineers had a max of three D’s W’s or F’s in your major or you could not get a degree. So basically, a W was the same as a failing grade.

    In practice, you could petition for a couple of exceptions, however.

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