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SRC to educate students about class withdrawals

On October 8, 2013

Students withdraw from classes at Marshall University each semester without having knowledge of how it may or may not impact their academic careers.

The Student Resource Center, located on the second floor of the Memorial Student Center, is presenting the third installment in their workshop series. The workshop, “What Does a W Really Mean?” will take place Wednesday at noon and 2 p.m. in the SRC conference room.

The workshop will educate students on what a course withdrawal is, how they can withdraw from a course and the possible ramifications of withdrawing from too many courses.

“If a student is withdrawing from a course every semester, it can look bad on their permanent record when they are applying for professional schools or graduate schools, or if they have to give an employer that transcript it might look bad on their part,” said Michelle Barbour, SRC career adviser. “Students might see [a withdrawal] as an easy way out and not realize it can affect their future.”

The SRC will list other options to students who are considering withdrawing from a course, such as utilizing Tutoring Services on campus.

Matthew James, SRC senior resource specialist, said students hear a lot of myths about what withdrawals mean. He said some students think W’s will ruin their academic career, while others think they will not affect their careers at all, but there is a medium and it depends on the student’s professional career plan.

“I have withdrawn from two classes,” said Cameron Ross, senior biology major. “One of them was ridiculous, the professor wasn’t going by the syllabus, and it had nothing to do with biology. I was told to try to keep the W’s to a minimum, but I wasn’t going to be able to put the time into the class that I needed to.”

Students who miss the workshop and want more information on course withdrawal can go to the SRC during their operating hours Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and seek advice on the withdrawal process.

Mason Beuhring can be contacted at


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