Late Change of Class Schedule

Late Change of Class Schedule Policy & Procedure

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

Policy*

Effective Fall 2017, College of Letters & Science (L&S) students will be allowed to make late changes to their course schedule (add, drop, variable unit change, or grading option change) in only one semester during their time at UC Berkeley. In that one semester, you can choose to use one or two late changes. If you only use one late change, you cannot use another in a future semester. The policy applies to Fall and Spring semesters only. Additional requests will not be considered in subsequent semesters. 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. 

*This policy was modified during Spring 2020, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. Please see our COVID Policy Modifications by Term page for information on how the policy differed in these semesters.

If you are a student athlete and/or an international student, you may need additional signatures and may have some restrictions. See FAQ below for more information. Students with a conduct violation related to a course may have limits on schedule changes. Please discuss this with the conduct office. 

UC Berkeley Summer Sessions

The forms below are used for Fall and Spring semesters only. Summer late action is processed separately, using a summer-specific form and does not count toward a student's one semester of late action eligibility. 

While Summer Sessions are in progress, this summer-only form can be found on our Forms and Petitions page. 

Determining whether you need a late drop or a session withdrawal during summer can be challenging. See our FAQ section for more information on Summer Sessions late changes. 

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.

These forms can be used if you are having technical trouble with the CalCentral eform or have concerns about whether your request went through. 

Online Form (for Students with No Signatures Needed) 

The online form can only be used for late drops and late grading option changes and can be used if you are having trouble with the CalCentral eForm.

If a signature is required because you are a student athlete or an international student dropping below 12 units, you must use the PDF form instead. For adds or changes to variable units, as an instructor signature is required, you must use the PDF form (below).

PDF Form (Students who Require Signatures)

Submit via email at lspetitions@berkeley.edu

The PDF form is for students who need to gather signatures from an Undergraduate Major Adviser (not required for drops/grading option changes in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 only), instructor, Athletics, or International Office (if dropping below 12 units). Simultaneous degree students can also use this form. See the FAQ for more information on tips for required signatures.

Summer Requests

See our Forms and Petitions page for the Late Change of Class Schedule form for Summer Sessions

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.  

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.

Fees

See the Office of the Registrar's Enrollment page to learn about fees for adds and drops.

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. 

Must both late change requests be submitted together?

Within the same semester, two late changes may be submitted together on a single form or at different times as long as they are submitted before the deadline for that semester. If you only use one late change in a semester, you may not use the second in a future semester.*

*This policy was modified during Spring 2020, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. Please see our COVID Policy Modifications by Term page for information on how the policy differed in these semesters.

Tips for required signatures

Students must submit a PDF form if signatures are required on their petition.* Required signatures include:

  • Undergraduate Major Adviser (for all majors the student is declared in)

  • Faculty athletic representative for student-athletes

  • International Student Adviser (if you fall below 12 units)

  • 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. 

Late changes during UC Berkeley Summer Sessions

late change limits: Summer sessions not included

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 the Late Change of Class Schedule petition in a Fall or Spring semester. Similarly, if you have already used the Late Change of Class Schedule petition during a Fall or Spring semester, though you can no longer submit the petition for a subsequent Fall or Spring semester, you may still submit a Summer Late Change of Class Schedule.  

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. 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, 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.