Late Change of Class Schedule

Late Change of Class Schedule Policy & Procedure

The following applies to requests for enrollment changes (add, drop, or grading option change) after the deadline dates for the current semester (posted on our homepage).

Policy

Effective Fall 2021, College of Letters and Science students will be allowed a total of two late changes to their schedule.* Late changes include:

  • Late drop of Early Drop Deadline (EDD) courses after the second week deadline;

  • Late add or drop of courses after the fourth week deadline; and

  • Late change of grading option after the tenth week deadline.

Students may use both late changes in one semester or use one late change in two different semesters. Additional requests will not be considered.

This policy applies to Fall and Spring semesters only and does not include Summer late changes.

*Beginning Fall 2021, every student’s number of late changes will reset. This means every student will be permitted two late changes from Fall 2021 onward, regardless of the number of late changes taken before Fall 2021. 

Please consider your request carefully and meet with a L&S College Adviser if you have any questions. It will be important to consider the impact of late action on your financial aid, progress toward degree, or academic standing, as these things are not checked during petition processing. 

Student Athletes, Simultaneous Degree Students, and International Students

If you are a student athlete, simultaneous degree student, and/or an international student, you may need additional signatures and may have some restrictions. See FAQ below for more information.

Conduct Violations

Students with a conduct violation related to a course may have limits on schedule changes. Please discuss this with the conduct office.

Deadline for Submission

Fall/Spring semesters: Last day of instruction (Friday before RRR week) at 11:59pm PT

Summer Sessions: Last day of the session at 11:59pm PT

Deadlines for the current term are listed on our homepage.  

How to Submit Requests

Please read the criteria below for each format and select the appropriate submission format for your situation. Allow three weeks for processing and check your CalCentral for enrollment updates.

Late Drops and Grading Option Changes (Fall / Spring)

You can submit a late drop or a late grading option change by going to your CalCentral's "My Dashboard" tab and selecting "L&S Late Schedule Change" in the Student Resources section. You can also find this link in your CalCentral's Enrollment tile in your "My Academics" tab.

The CalCentral eForm will be automatically routed to International Office (if dropping below 12 units) or Athletics for required signatures.

SIMULTANEOUS DEGREE STUDENTS

The late change of class schedule policy, as stated on this page, is for L&S students only. If you are a simultaneous degree student, your other college will also have to agree to late changes to your schedule. See your other college and if they approve, use the Late Change of Class Schedule Online Form instead of submitting a request through CalCentral. The form will allow simultaneous degree students to request late drops and late grading option changes.

DSP STUDENTS

If you are registered with the Disabled Students' Program (DSP) and you are requesting a late change related to an impact from your disability that occured after the regular add/drop deadline, you may be eligible for a late change of class schedule that is separate from the regular policy. DSP late changes of class schedule can only cover late drops and changes of grading options to P/NP. To submit a DSP-related late drop or grading option change, use the Late Change of Class Schedule Online Form. Be prepared to attach a verification email from your DSP Specialist. The email should include your name, SID, action requested, and the course department and number. 

Late Adds (Fall / Spring)

The online form below should be used for late adds. You must upload an email from your instructor approving the late add in the form. If a signature is required because you are a student athlete or simultaneous degree student, you must also upload an email from the appropriate office approving the request in the form.

Late Change of Class Schedule Online Form

SIMULTANEOUS DEGREE STUDENTS

The late change of class schedule policy, as stated on this page, is for L&S students only. If you are a simultaneous degree student, your other college will also have to agree to late changes to your schedule. 

Late Variable Unit Changes (Fall / Spring)

The online form below should be used for late adds (see section above) and variable unit changes. You must upload an email from your instructor approving the new number of units for the applicable course in the form.  If a signature is required because you are a student athlete or simultaneous degree student, you must also upload an email from the appropriate office approving the request in the form. 

Late Change of Class Schedule Online Form

Requests to change the number of variable units are not subject to the two late changes limit.

SIMULTANEOUS DEGREE STUDENTS

The late change of class schedule policy, as stated on this page, is for L&S students only. If you are a simultaneous degree student, your other college will also have to agree to late changes to your schedule. 

Summer Sessions Late Changes

Check back during Summer for the Late Change of Class Schedule form for Summer Sessions.

If you use a Summer Late Change of Class Schedule petition during a UC Berkeley Summer Session, this does not count toward your limit. You will still be able to submit your two late change requests during Fall or Spring semesters. Similarly, if you have already used your two Fall/Spring Late Change of Class Schedule requests, though you can no longer submit the petition for Fall or Spring semesters, you may still submit a Summer Late Change of Class Schedule.  

Summer drops vs. withdrawals

It may be confusing whether to submit a drop or a session withdrawal. See the FAQ below to make sure you are using the right process. 

SIMULTANEOUS DEGREE STUDENTS

The late change of class schedule policy, as stated on this page, is for L&S students only. If you are a simultaneous degree student, your other college will also have to agree to late changes to your schedule. 

Technical Difficulties and Processing Times

Technical difficulties: Late drops and grading option changes

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with CalCentral, you can use the Late Change of Class Schedule Online Form

Technical Difficulties: Late Change of Class Schedule Online Form

If you are having technical difficulties with the Late Change of Class Schedule Online Form, you can use our Late Change of Class Schedule PDF instead. Email the form to lspetitions@berkeley.edu by the deadline. 

No exceptions to the deadline will be considered. Students are expected to use alternate forms of submission if they run into technical difficulties. We therefore highly recommend making any late changes as early as possible. 

Processing times

  • CalCentral: within 24 hours unless routed to another office (International Office or Athletics) for additional signatures
  • Late Change of Class Schedule Online Form or PDF: up to 3 weeks, depending on time in semester

Fees: See the Office of the Registrar's Enrollment page to learn about fees for adds and drops for Fall or Spring semesters. See the Summer Sessions Fees page to learn about fees related to Summer Sessions.

Late Change of Class Schedule FAQ & Tips

What are my options if I miss the deadline?

Petitions will not be accepted after the deadline. If you miss the deadline, you might consider withdrawing if you are having challenges in all of your courses, repeating a course in a future semester, or requesting an incomplete may be alternative options to consider. Review our page on Options if you are struggling in your courses and speak with an L&S College Adviser for further guidance.

Monitoring schedule and waitlists

Occasionally, students realize they are enrolled in courses they forgot were on their schedule or didn’t realize they were enrolled in. These cases do not receive exceptions to the deadlines or the Late Change of Class Schedule policy. Students are responsible for monitoring their schedules.

Note on Waitlists: After the add/drop deadline, departments are able to add students who are still on a waitlist into a course for up to two days. If you still hope to enroll in a course on your waitlist, keep the course on your waitlist at the add/drop deadline and monitor your enrollments. If you no longer wish to enroll in a course on your waitlist, drop the course from your waitlist before the add/drop deadline. 

Tips for required signatures

For late adds and variable units, students must upload an email approval from the appropriate campus official if signatures are required on their petition. Required signatures include:

  • Faculty athletic representative for student-athletes

  • L&S College Adviser outside of L&S if you are declared in a simultaneous degree in another college

Plan ahead and allow enough time to get any required signatures on your Late Change of Class Schedule petition. Late submissions of the petition will not be considered, even if your petition is late due to delays in getting the required signatures.

Summer Sessions Drops vs. Session Withdrawal

If you wish to drop your only course in a UC Berkeley Summer Session (or all of your courses in a single session), you should submit a withdrawal from that Session through your CalCentral. You can withdraw from one session (ex: Summer Session A) without withdrawing from the entire summer. To withdraw from the entire summer, you will need to submit a withdrawal for each session in which you are enrolled. Submit a Withdrawal Request by going to your CalCentral’s “My Dashboard” tab and selecting “Add a Withdrawal Request” under “Student Resources”.

If you have multiple courses in a particular session (ex: Summer Session A) and you wish to drop some but not all of the classes in that session, check the deadlines for drops on the Summer Sessions website. If it is before the deadline, you can submit a drop through CalCentral the Enrollment block of your Academics tab. If it after the deadline, then you should submit a Summer Late Change of Class Schedule, which can be found on our Forms and Petitions webpage during summers.

Example: Amir is enrolled in three courses in Summer Sessions A and one course in Summer Sessions B. Amir decides he wants to only take two courses in Session A and to take nothing in Session B. It is after the drop deadline in Session A but before the last day of the session. Amir will submit a Summer Late Change of Class Schedule to drop one of his three Summer Sessions A courses and submit a withdrawal for Summer Sessions B to drop his only class in that session.

The deadline for withdrawal is also the last day of the session you wish to withdraw from. 

Late Change of Class Schedule during an Academic Probation semester

If you are on academic probation, you are still eligible to submit a Late Change of Class Schedule petition for late adds, drops, or variable unit changes. However, you may not request to change a letter-graded course to Pass/No Pass during an academic probation semester. 

Students on a Continued on Probation status should check in with an L&S College Adviser before adjusting their approved schedule. 

DSP Accommodations

If you are registered for the Disabled Students Program (DSP) and your DSP Specialist supports the specific late change you are requesting (due to an impact from your disability that occured after the regular add/drop deadline), you may be eligible for a late change of class schedule that is separate from the above policy. 

DSP late changes of class schedule can only cover: 

  • Late drops 

  • Changes of grading options to P/NP

  • Reduction of units in a variable unit course

Any other late actions can only be made through using a Late Change of Class Schedule petition according to the regular policies. 

Is this the same as an "emergency drop"?

Students often use the term "emergency drop" to describe using the Late Change of Class Schedule in order to drop a course. However, this term doesn't represent the policy well as no emergency is required in order to use a Late Change of Class Schedule and the Late Change of Class Schedule covers multiple late actions, not just drops.