Dropping a class after the drop deadline will result in a 'W' on the transcript and applicable tuition charges.
Privacy of Academic Records
University policy on the confidentiality of educational records conforms to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as amended (20 U.S.C. 1232g), commonly referred to as FERPA or the Buckley Amendment, and is described in the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs under Confidentiality of Educational Records. The complete policy (University Policy 2112) is found in the University Manual of Policies and Procedures.
Except as provided by the law, the University will not release personally identifiable information from a student's educational record without the student's prior written consent. The university may release, however, personally identifiable information designated as "directory information" unless the student informs the Office of the Registrar in writing that directory information should not be released without written consent.
One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement personnel and health staff); a person, company, or agency with whom the University has contracted to provide services that the University, itself, would otherwise have to provide (such as the National Student Clearinghouse,); or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
Directory information consists of:
All other information not specifically listed, including grades, courses, days and times of course meetings, withdrawals and academic standing, cannot be disclosed without the student's permission.
Students may restrict the release of Directory Information by completing a "Request to Withhold Directory Information" form in Office of the Registrar, 300 Warren Hall. The completed form must be submitted in person to the registrar's office and must be accompanied by a photo I.D. The restriction will remain in effect until the student withdraws the request.
The form will prevent the release of any information to a third party (other than the exceptions provided by law) without a signed release. A third party attempting to verify enrollment will be told only that there is no information available, and the University will neither confirm nor deny any information about the student's enrollment.
Under FERPA and JMU policy, at the post-secondary educational level parents have no inherent rights of access to their student's academic records. Information from educational records may be released to parents only (1) if the students has signed a written release giving the parent(s) access to a specific record, (2) in compliance with a subpoena, or (3) if the student attests that he or she is a dependent, or if the parent proves that the student is a dependent by providing a copy of the latest tax return.