Withdrawals under Extenuating Circumstances (WE)

Extenuating circumstances are defined as "unexpected and uncontrollable events that seriously threaten [the student's] academic obligations; [and] make it difficult to complete an academic program."

For the last day to drop courses with a WD notation, and other add/drop dates, visit the deadlines web site.

Such events do not include:

  • the class was too hard
  • adverse weather conditions
  • exams or assignments that could have been rescheduled or deferred

Nor can your application be made:

  • before week six, you can withdraw on goSFU – see Academic Deadlines
  • if your course was more than five years ago (eg, withdrawal under extenuating circumstances for a class in Spring 2017 must be requested before the end of Spring term in 2022).
  • if you've applied to graduate and your degree was officially granted/was approved by Senate (it will show as granted in goSFU), or generally if you've already passed the affected course(s).

Grounds for the request are:

All requests require supporting documentation.

Contact us

Email withdraw@sfu.ca
Phone 778.782.6883