Students are expected to attend all class meetings. Students absent from the first two meetings of a course that meets more than once a week or who miss the first meeting of a class that meets only once a week lose the right to remain on the class roll and must FORMALLY WITHDRAW from the class by following current university procedures and deadlines; otherwise, the instructor will assign a grade of WU (Unauthorized Withdrawal), which counts as a grade of F in computing GPAs.
In a compressed term or session of fewer than 15 weeks, the rule applies if the first class meeting is missed. An instructor may allow a student to continue in the class if the student notified the instructor that the absence would be temporary. If no instructor was assigned to the course in advance, students must notify the department chair that their absence from the class will be temporary.
- Nonattendance does not constitute a withdrawal, nor does stopping payment on a check for tuition and other fees constitute a request for refund.
- It is the student’s responsibility to add or drop classes—not the instructor’s.
Failure to follow formal withdrawal procedures may result in the assignment of failing grades in all courses and the need to apply for readmission before being permitted to enroll in another academic term. For withdrawal procedures, see Change in Academic Schedule after Start of Classes, or visit the Office of Admissions and Records, Bayramian Hall main lobby.
Although it is the student’s responsibility to drop classes, the University may withdraw a student within the first three weeks from a course if he or she fails to meet the prerequisite(s) or other requirements as indicated in the Course Catalog. These prerequisites may include:
Completion of prior course work
Passing of qualifying examinations
Class year standing
Admission to or special requirements of special programs, such as Honors or Credential
Completion of prior course work with a required minimum credit
Consent of instructor
Such an administrative withdrawal may be initiated only by the Associate Dean of the College, upon recommendation from the instructor or department chair.
Students may confirm and print their class enrollment each term by logging into the myNorthridge Portal and navigating: Academics (tab) > Chart My Academic Progress (box) > Request Proof of Enrollment (link).
Or to print your class schedule for one term only, log into myNorthridge > Home (tab) > Quick Links (box) > SOLAR Student Center > Academics (heading) > View My Class Schedule.
Full-time enrollment for undergraduate students is considered to be 15 units (12 units for financial aid and certain external legal requirements). Graduate students who need to be considered full time must be enrolled in a minimum of 8 units. Half-time enrollment is a minimum of 6 units for undergraduate students and 4 units for graduate students working toward a master’s degree. Post baccalaureate students working on a teaching credential or 2nd bachelor’s degree and who have federal loans must be enrolled in at least 6.1 units to be eligible for in-school deferments.
Students are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of their own academic programs. Immediately bring any enrollment discrepancies in person to the Office of Admissions and Records for correction. Failure to correct an academic program discrepancy or to drop a class officially may result in a grade of WU (Unauthorized Withdrawal) in courses never attended.
Students will receive credit only for courses in which they are officially enrolled. Undergraduate students who need to be considered full time must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 units. Graduate students who need to be considered full time must be enrolled in a minimum of 8 units.
To print an Enrollment Verification, log into myNorthridge > Academics (tab) > Chart My Academic Progress (box) > Request Proof of Enrollment (link).
For an official enrollment verification document, students should contact the Office of Admissions and Records.
Employers and other agencies should contact the National Student Clearinghouse.
To encourage students with satisfactory academic performance to return to CSUN following an absence, the University will automatically place qualified resident and nonresident students on a Leave of Absence if they:
- were matriculated students in the semester immediately prior to the beginning of their leave of absence;
- were not academically disqualified, or have special enrollment conditions at the close of the semester; or
- did not receive an undergraduate degree at the end of the immediately preceding regular or summer term at CSUN (applies to undergraduate students only).
Eligible students who do not enroll during the first three weeks of a semester or who withdraw during the first twenty (20) class days of a semester are automatically considered to be on a Leave of Absence for that semester, and if applicable, for the following semester. They will receive registration information for three semesters of non-attendance, provided they meet the criteria above.
Permission for Leave of Absence
International Students: Although automatic Leave of Absence is granted to students who meet the criteria, J or F Visa students must have approval of the International Student Advisor and apply for a Leave of Absence. Contact the International & Exchange Student Center.
Undergraduate Students: Though no formal approval is required, you are strongly encouraged to see your academic advisor.
Graduate Students: Though no formal approval is required, you are encouraged to seek academic advisement from your graduate coordinator.
When Leave Expires - Reapply for Admission
Continuing students who are placed on leave but do not enroll in the third semester (i.e., after the two semesters of leave) will need to reapply for admission, including appropriate fees.
New students withdrawing from the University on or before the twentieth (20th) day of instruction, who wish to return, must file an application for admission, with appropriate fees.
Graduate students who miss two or more semesters must meet all University and department requirements in existence when they reapply and can expect to have their academic program reviewed and modified if necessary.
When representing the University in official curriculum-related, university-approved activities requires a student to miss classes, faculty are expected to provide, within reason, opportunity to make up any work or exams that are missed.
To be eligible for such accommodation, the student is obligated to provide the instructor of the class with written documentation signed by the faculty, staff member or administrator supervising the activity, giving specific information concerning the activity, its location, and the dates and times when class attendance is not possible. This documentation must be submitted to the instructor during the first week of the semester or as soon as the information becomes known. Instructors may set limits on the number of classes that may be missed for which special accommodation to make up missed work will be allowed. The process for making up missed class work is the prerogative of the instructor and shall be communicated to the affected students during the first week of classes or as soon as the need for accommodation becomes known.
For the purposes of this policy, if a question arises as to which events meet the definition of “official, curriculum-related, university-approved activities” the determination shall be made by the Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies.
Absence from class for official curriculum-related, university-approved activities does not relieve students from responsibility for any part of the course work required during the period of absence.
University sponsors of these activities have an obligation to respect the importance of regular class attendance for successful academic performance and to minimize the number of such absences. Instructional faculty have an obligation to respect the importance of such student participation, and to assist student participants in meeting their academic obligations.