Discontinuance is defined as withdrawing from ALL classes for the current semester or term and means a student is no longer considered to be currently enrolled.
All students admitted to BYU must attend in the semester or term for which they were admitted. Students that do not attend the semester or term for which they are admitted will need to submit an application for admission to a future semester or term.
Continuing students must attend one term or semester during the academic year in order to be eligible for registration in the next academic year. Continuing status at the university may not guarantee continuing status in your program. Please check with your advisor or program coordinator. (For more information, see the Leave of Absence section on the Registration page of this catalog.)
Discontinuance may also have an impact on other areas of campus where students are required to be enrolled in a certain number of credit hours, such as:
- financial aid
- health center
- counseling services
- computer lab
- exercise facilities
The Enrollment Services Counselors in D-148 ASB are available to consult with students or parents regarding these issues.
The discontinuance process includes the following:
- Before the first day of classes and up to the add/drop deadline, students may drop all of their classes through MyMAP with no record on the official transcript.
- After the add/drop deadline, students must discontinue by submitting the online Request for Discontinuance form.
- If discontinuing after the withdraw deadline, the university will work with the student's instructors to determine if the student should be withdrawn passing (W) or withdrawn failing (WE). A W does not figure into the GPA, but a WE is a failing grade and will count in GPA calculations.
- Once the online Request for Discontinuance form is completed and submitted, the student will be withdrawn from classes.
- After the discontinuance deadline, if non-academic circumstances arise, students may work with their instructors to pursue an incomplete contract. (See information about incompletes in the Grading and Records page of this catalog.) If a student desires to discontinue after the deadline, including first term classes, it will be necessary to file a petition (see http://petitions.byu.edu).
Students who have a first term class and desire to discontinue should consider the following:
- If the student wishes to keep only the first term class, he should withdraw from his other classes. He will receive no discontinuance date and the leave of absence policy will not apply as the student will still have posted credit. The student will receive a grade for the first term class.
- If the student does NOT want to keep the first term class and it is BEFORE the first term withdraw deadline, he may simply discontinue by filling out the online discontinuance form.
- If the student does NOT want to keep the first term class and it is AFTER the first term withdraw deadline, he will need to petition the Registrar's Office to be allowed to withdraw from the first term class(es).
- International students must obtain clearance from International Student Services prior to discontinuing.
- Law School students must initiate their discontinuance through the dean of the Law School, 348-A JRCB.
- Students who leave the university under emergency conditions and subsequently do not return are still responsible to discontinue before the discontinuance deadline. They should contact Enrollment Services (D-148 ASB, 801-422-7075) as soon as possible.