You may drop a course through ACES anytime prior to the end of the Drop/Add period. You do not need an instructor's permission, but you do need to be sure you remain in at least 4.0 credits, the minimum load. If you drop a course, it does not appear on your Duke transcript.
After the drop/add period ends, you can no longer drop a course, but you may be able to "withdraw" from a course by completing the paperwork to receive a grade of W in the course with the written approval of your Academic Deans. See Course Withdrawal for the complete policy.
Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading must be finalized within 1 week after the Drop/Add deadline. Audit status for courses must be finalized by the close of Drop/Add, and may not be corrected after.
Last updated: June 21, 2012