All students should be familiar with the university's academic regulations, which take precedence over individual program policies and guidelines. Students enrolled in undergraduate programs should review the university bulletin for undergraduate-only regulations and graduate students should review the bulletin for graduate-only regulations.
Course delivery methods
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many courses have changed from in-person delivery to a hybrid or online format. In addition, your course may meet synchronously or asynchronously. Make sure you understand these terms by reviewing the course modality definitions.
Cancellation of registration must be completed before the end of the add/drop period. To cancel registration, a student must drop all classes using the Enrollment Cancellation Request form. Refunds are issued in accordance with procedures described under the refunds section in the Tuition, fees and expenses section of VCU Bulletin. For readmission guidelines, consult the Admission to the university section of the bulletin.
In certain circumstances where a student’s health condition impedes their academic progress, a student may decide they need to temporarily leave the university to focus appropriate attention and effort on the treatment and recovery necessary for a healthy return to their academic pursuits. In these cases, the student may petition the Dean of Students Office in the Division of Student Affairs for a medical leave of absence from all courses before the last day of classes as published in the VCU Academic Calendars, and before a final class grade has been assigned and/or posted to their academic record.
Students who earn a D or F in a course may repeat the course and request that only the better grade be counted toward their cumulative GPA. This option is available only for undergraduate courses, and can only be used once per course. The removed grade will still appear on the student’s academic record, but will not influence their GPA. Students must submit a Historical Repeat Course Option form to request this option.
Students with a vaccination hold may drop or withdraw from a course by special request to the Registrar’s Office. The process for dropping/withdrawing from courses will be to complete the Course Drop or Withdrawal Request Due to the Vaccination Hold form requesting the drop(s) or withdrawal(s). International students should contact the Global Education Office.