During the first seven days after classes begin in any semester (or the first three days after classes begin in summer session), a student may add or drop a course without any record being made of the change on the student's transcript. If the semester begins on a Wednesday, the add/drop deadline is the following Thursday. An add and/or drop is done with an add/drop form, and it requires approval from the instructor of each course being added or dropped as well as the approval of the student's advisor.
Note that the add/drop period is not a "free" time in which class attendance does not count. Courses cover important content during the first few classes, and many have assignments due during that period. The later you add a class, the harder it is to catch up and succeed, so it is best to make a decision about adding a class as soon as possible.
Once the add/drop deadline has passed, it is only possible to add or drop a class with the approval of the Academic Petitions Committee, and there is normally a $50 late schedule change fee. A petition will usually only be approved if the student has already been attending a class being added (or not been attending a class being dropped).
After the add/drop period, a student may withdraw from a class until the end of the tenth week of classes.
For the complete policy, please see the "Add/Drop Policy" section of the most current University Catalog.
The add/drop form is available from the Registrar's office (Vilas 117), the Academic Advising lobby in Madill, academic department offices, or online here.