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(Question & Answer)


Question: I have missed class several times in a row, because I was scheduled to work. What should I do? Should I drop? -- James F., 19.

Answer: First, I would check your syllabus for each class so that you really know the class's attendance/absence policy. Then, I would check with all of your instructors to see if there are possible ways to make up absences, obtain extra points, make up class work, or any other possible options. Take time to talk to your instructors so you can be sure that they know your situation. Then, you and your instructor can decide what your best option is. I would also recommend speaking with your employer so that you can avoid being double scheduled in the future, and emphasize how important it is for you to not miss class.


Question: No matter how hard I try and study for this one class, I can't get good grades. Is there anyone who can help me? Should I just stay in the class and get a low grade or should I drop the class completely? -- Abby H., 21.

Answer: Yes, there are several people who would be willing to help you with this class. You're best solution is to talk with your instructor! And, you can also go by C.A.R.E. (Continuing At-Risk Retention Education) where they can get you pointed in the right direction. You have several options that you can look at. ECU provides the Writing Center to help when writing a paper, the Missouri Club is there to help math, and individual departments often offer tutoring help. Before you decide to drop the class be sure you've looked at all your options. Remember, speak with your instructor so that the two of you can discuss what is best for your situation.


Question: I went to class and the instructor told me that they had withdrawn me. What are my options? I need this class! --- Lance A., 30.

Answer: If you have been told by an instructor that they withdrew you from the class you have probably been "administratively withdrawn" from the class. If this is the case, you will receive a letter in the mail explaining what has occurred and the options that you have. You may be able to sign back in the class with the instructor's approval. However, an instructor does have the right not to re-admit you. If your instructor does not allow you to return to class I would recommend that you seek the advice of your academic advisor or the Office of C.A.R.E.


Question: I am planning to drop a class, because I am doing HORRIBLE and I haven't been to class in three weeks. How will this affect my financial aid? ---Buster L., 20

Answer: I don't recommend dropping without first speaking to the instructor and/or your academic advisor. If you feel you must drop, then speak with your financial aid counselor first before you even pick up your drop/add card in the Admissions Office. Your financial aid counselor can give your correct information about your particular situation and can tell you specifically how dropping will affect your financial aid.


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