Withdrawals Leave Detrimental Effect

Monarchs’ future careers can be endangered because of withdrawals.

By: Stephanie Mendoza, staff writer



Monarchs cannot afford to overlook withdrawals; little do they know their educational goals and future careers could be in jeopardy.

According to the office assistant of the Counseling Department, Selma Cohen, students are not allowed to get more than three withdrawals per class. If students withdraw from a class three or more times, then they would have to take the class in another district.

“Before we had withdrawals all the time,” said Cohen. “And it did not matter.”

If a student is taking 12 units, and withdrawals from 50% of their classes, then the student is automatically placed on academic probation.

The probation is also used as a factor for dismissal from Valley College. However, if the student shows academic improvement the next semester then they are removed from probation.

“I have only gotten a ‘W’ once,” said English major Ashley Martinez. “I know I can only get three; I retook the class so the ‘W’ could go away.”

Most of the time, withdrawals will not be erased from a student’s transcript. However, on rare occasions would a student be cleared of withdrawals. In cases of emergency, an illness or a pregnancy, the Monarch student would have to talk to a counselor and petition to have the withdrawal cleared from their transcript, according to Cohen.

“I know withdrawals are bad,” said accounting major Anina Harutyunyan “I know that we can only get three withdrawals per class. I’ve never had to withdraw from a class but if I had to, I would only withdraw once.”

Valley students that have too many “W’s” cannot only damage their transcripts, but their wallets as well. According to the LAVC Financial Aid Office, a student is not allowed to have more than 30% of their overall units with withdrawals.

However, if the student does have more than 30% of withdrawals, then they will become financially disqualified to receive help.

“I would have never known that,” said history major Giovanni Rodriguez. “I was thinking of dropping a class, but this has quickly changed my mind.”

If a Valley student is forced to withdraw from a class because they see no way of passing, then the Monarch student has until May 11, to withdrawal from a class. Any day later and the student will receive an “f” for their final grade.


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