Should You Take the 'W'? This Tool Will Help You Decide

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Lehman College students have until this Sunday, Dec. 13, to withdraw from a course. This is usually an option for students who may not be doing well in a course or who may not have been attending their course altogether for various circumstances, and want to preserve their GPA.

This semester, most students will also be able to opt in to CUNY’s Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) flexible grading option, which allows a student to opt-out of receiving a letter grade for a course and receive a “CR” or an “NC” instead—if a student received an “F,” they could opt for an “NC” and not have that “F” have an impact on their GPA.

While both the “W” and the “NC” won’t have an impact on a student’s GPA, unlike last semester, some Fall 2020 courses will be excluded from that CR/NC option because including them could have a negative impact on a program’s accreditation or even on a student’s future prospects for grad school. However, taking a “W” or withdrawing from a course could have an impact on a student’s eligibility on financial aid.

Because the deadline to withdraw is this Sunday, and the decision is an important one, Lehman College has created a Withdrawal Decision Tool to help students determine if they should withdraw from a course by the deadline, 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13.


 The tool asks students a series of questions based on their area of study and their academic standing and produces a recommendation based on the answers a student supplies. No personal information will be collected or be available from anyone who uses the tool. Also, the tool is to be used by students simply as general guidance, the decision to withdraw is the student's own and all individualized questions regarding academic progress should be directed to a student's advisor or a college official. Submitting the questionnaire in the tool does not constitute withdrawing from a course.

If a student has determined that withdrawing is the best option for their academic future, they must do so through CUNYfirst BEFORE 11:59 p.m. on Sunday. Instructions on how to withdraw can be found here.

Students who know they need to make up a course can register for Winter Session or the Spring 2021 semester.