To change a course after the Course Registration Deadline, students can add, edit, drop, and swap courses in my.harvard.edu until the add deadline.
Students must obtain the instructor’s signature in order to add a course. The seventh Monday of a term is the last day a student may add a course; thereafter only Units of TIME may be added. The ninth Tuesday of a term is the last day to drop a course. The instructor’s signature is not required to drop a course; however, unless the course being dropped is a fifth course, students must add another course or appropriate credits of TIME in order to maintain registration at the required full-time level. A course that is dropped by the drop deadline will not appear on a student’s record.
The ninth Tuesday of the spring term is the last day students may elect to divide an eight-credit course with four-credit course credit for the fall term and receive the mid-year grade as the fall-term grade. Petition forms are available on the Registrar’s Office website; the instructor’s signature is required. Students may not divide with credit courses designated in the Course Catalog as “indivisible.”
If a student wishes to postpone taking the spring-term half of an indivisible eight-credit course or a four-credit course, the half may be “suspended,” with the instructor’s permission, by filing a petition to add or drop a course by the deadline for dropping a course in the spring. The student may then take the second half at a later time and petition to “combine” both halves of the course for one grade.
The Academic Calendar lists for the fall and the spring terms the final dates for adding and dropping courses; after each date a petition is necessary to add or withdraw from a course. To add a course after the add/drop deadline, the following signatures are required: director of graduate studies, instructor (must be the course head), and the assistant dean of student affairs. To withdraw from a course after the add/drop deadline, the following signatures are required: director of graduate studies and the assistant dean of student affairs. If a petition to withdraw from a course after the drop deadline is approved, the course will appear on the student’s record with the notation WD in place of a grade, indicating that the student withdrew from the course. Students may petition to withdraw from a course through the last working day before the first day of the examination period. If the withdrawn course is not a fifth course, students must add another course or appropriate credits of TIME in order to maintain registration at the required full-time level. Petitions must be filed with the Student Affairs Office in the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center. There is a $25 fee for petitions filed and approved after the deadlines.