Extension of Drop and Pass/Fail Deadlines (to Last Day of Classes - Fall 2021)

From the Office of the Registrar (OTR) . . .


Last night Rice students should have received an e-mail from the Provost’s Office announcing an extension to Fall 2021 semester Drop and Pass/Fail Deadlines. Both actions (Late Drops, Pass/Fail Declaration) are done online within ESTHER, and please note the following below:

— Drops initiated in ESTHER today (Friday, Oct. 29th) remain unchanged, with the dropped course removed from the student’s academic history and transcript.

— Over the weekend, ESTHER registration will be closed, and students will not be able to drop courses on Saturday or Sunday, Oct. 30th or 31st.

— Beginning Monday, Nov. 1st, ESTHER will reopen with student-initiated drops reflected as Late Drops, with the grade of “W” placed on the student's transcript.

— First semester UG students, will not be able to drop a Fall 2021 course online in ESTHER. A Special Registration Form will be required (no instructor signature required) and must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar by emailing as an attachment to registrar@rice.edu or bringing the form into the office. This will ensure that the course does not display in academic history (no W-grade is applied in this situation).

The Fall 2021 Academic Calendar has been updated to reflect these updated deadlines: https://registrar.rice.edu/calendars/fall-semester-2021

Please Note: Students who dropped a course this week (on Mon.-Fri. October 25-29) may add the course back if they desire more time to ultimately decide whether to drop the course or not. If you want to do this, please complete a Special Registration Form (no instructor signature required) and e-mail it to registrar@rice.edu by no later than 5:00 pm on Wed., November 3rd. IMPORTANT: Please be advised that if a student opts to re-add a course previously dropped this week, and then “late-drops" it later (on or before the Last Day of Class), the late-drop is reflected with a “W” on that student's transcript.

Questions? Please e-mail the Office of the Registrar at registrar@rice.edu

** IMPORTANT: For students in the Jones School of Business (MBA) programs, please note that your posted Drop Deadlines (in Campus Groups) remain unchanged, this revision with the drop deadline does not apply to you,

Thank You.

E-mail: http://registrar.rice.edu/email_policy/