Dropping a course

About dropping a course

You can drop a course before the add/drop deadline listed in each course section. After the deadline, you must follow the instructions to withdraw from the course with a “W” on your academic record. Find the course changes dates for the academic session.

Dropping a course will remove your registration, and your seat will become available for other students. If you want to register in a different section of the same course, you should swap your course section so you do not lose your seat.

How to drop a course

First, go to your Academics app

  1. Log into your Workday account at myworkday.ubc.ca.
  2. Click the “Academics” tab in the “Your Top Apps” menu on the right side of the page.

Next, view your courses

  1. Click the “Registration & Courses” tab in the top menu.
  2. In the “Registration” menu to the right, click the “View my Courses” link.

Drop the course

  1. On the “View my Courses” page, go to the “My Enrolled Courses” table. You will see a summary of the courses you are enrolled in.
  2. Find the course you want to drop and use the horizontal scrollbar at the bottom of the table to move all the way to the right to find the drop button.
  3. Click the white “Drop” button in the last column.
  4. On the next page, review the course information.
  5. If this is the course you want to drop, check the “Confirm” box. Dropping a course will remove your registration, and your seat will become available for other students.
  6. Click the orange “OK” button at the bottom of the page to finalize your decision.
  7. If your course drop was successful, the page will read “The task was completed successfully”.
  8. Click the orange “Done” button to return to View My Courses.

Commonly encountered problems

If you do not check the “Confirm” box before clicking the orange “OK” button, you will receive an error stating that the “field Column is required” and must have a value, and your changes will not be saved.

To resolve this issue check the “Confirm” box.

View previously dropped or withdrawn courses

First, go to your courses

Follow the steps above to view your courses.

Next, view your dropped or withdrawn courses

  1. Scroll down the page to the “My Dropped/Withdrawn Courses” section.
  2. Click the arrow icon on the left of the “My Dropped/Withdrawn Courses” to expand the section information.
  3. A table showing your dropped (noted as “Unregistered”) or withdrawn courses will appear.

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