Debate: Drop vs. Fail

Students and advisers offer advice

By Destinee Whitehead
On October 27, 2016

Destinee Whitehead
Photo by Kaitlin Trujillo

The drop date for classes is Nov. 2 and some students are still wondering if they should drop a class, or possibly fail it. 

Failing a class could impact a student`s GPA, while dropping a class could end up making the student repeat the class after all of the work they have already done if it is a requirement for the major.

“First of all, we look at the individual to see how many drops they can have according to their program,” Carol Antill, academic adviser, said. “In recent years, the state required us to hold students to no more than six drops while they are working on their undergraduate degree.”

It is almost never too late to at least improve a letter grade. Students may meet with their professor to check what they need to work on, and they have the option to visit tutoring centers for extra help.

 The tutor centers include: the Freshman College, which caters to freshmen but will help other students and the Math and the Writing Labs, which have student aids to help fellow students. The tutoring centers are located on the third floor of the Porter Henderson Library.

“I honestly think that if the situation looks hopeless, it is better to drop the class,” TJ Spies, sophomore, said. “That being said, you have to try your hardest. If you gave it all you had and it did not work out, you should not feel bad about dropping the class. Do not drop if you are just lazy. You only have six drops. Do not waste them.”

Anitll caters mostly to students who follow the six drop plan. While advising, she looks at how many drops a student has used before she offers advice.

“If they have dropped three or more, I talk to them seriously about why they would want to drop again,” Antill said. “The other thing to consider as far as dropping a course is what kind of financial aid the student has.”

Certain financial aid requires students to be full time, which means he or she must take at least 12 credit hours. If the student drops below that, he or she can lose that aid.

“We always counsel the student to check with financial aid before they drop,” Antill said. “They may not want to drop. They may want to hang in there.”

If any students are debating whether or not to drop the class, they can visit an adviser to get any help or questions answered. 

Students may do this by visiting the Freshman College on the third floor of the Library, or an academic adviser in his or her major. 

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