How to Withdraw

You may cancel your registration before the first day of class by using myUK. See below for dropping a class with a W grade.

All students, including degree seeking, non-degree seeking, and visiting students, who wish to leave the university during a term (fall, spring, summer or winter) must formally withdraw.

There are five methods of withdrawing from the University of Kentucky:

  1. withdrawing in person at the Registrar's Office in 10 Funkhouser Building;
  2. requesting withdrawal from course work via UK email account (@uky.edu);
  3. requesting withdrawal from course work via fax;
  4. mailing your withdrawal request to the Registrar's Office; and
  5. drop or withdraw from all courses using myUK. (available prior to the 1st day of classes)

In person: A student is required to come to 10 Funkhouser Building between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and complete an Authorization to Withdraw card. Additional signatures may be required depending upon the student's enrollment status. The date noted on the Authorization to Withdraw card will serve as the student's official withdrawal date.

Email/Fax request: There are circumstances in which a student cannot physically appear to withdraw. For these cases, the Registrar's Office will accept an emailed (from the student's UK email account) or faxed request for withdrawal. The date of the email/fax will serve as the official date of the withdrawal. The fax number is (859) 257-7160.  Emails should be sent to the records officer based on the student's last name and must be sent directly from your UK email account (@uky.edu; @g.uky.edu or @l.uky.edu):

The information needed for the email/fax request is:

  • full name
  • student number
  • list of courses
  • term
  • date
  • signature
  • phone number

Mail request: The student may mail a written request for withdrawal to the Registrar's Office. The address is:

Student Records
10 Funkhouser Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0054

The postmark will serve as the official date of the withdrawal. Information for withdrawal via mail is identical to that of the fax request.

Note: After the last official day to withdraw from a term, the student must start the withdrawal process beginning with the dean of the student's college. (Senate Rule, V.1.8.3). A student should contact his/her college's student services office for more details concerning this process.

Cancelled Courses

  • If a course in which you are enrolled is cancelled, you will be notified promptly by email from the Registrar's Office.
  • After this date, departments cancelling courses are instructed to post the cancellation on the classroom door.
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