Add/Drop | Course Credit | Absences | Grading | Graduate Students | Cornell Outdoor Education (COE) Policies


Each Physical Education course has a published drop deadline. This deadline supersedes the University drop deadline. The deadline is also announced in the class itself. It is the student's responsibility to withdraw from the class prior to the drop deadline to avoid any course fees, late fees, or penalties. All drops and withdrawals after the Physical Education drop deadline must be done in person in the Physical Education Office in 305 Helen Newman Hall. All drops and withdrawals after the Cornell Outdoor Education drop deadline should be done by sending an email to Kae-Lynn Wilson at kbw28@cornell.edu.

If a student withdraws after the published Physical Education Course Drop Deadline, the student is responsible for the course fee and a late drop fee. If the student withdraws from the course prior to the published University Course Drop Deadline, the course will not appear on the student's transcript. If the student withdraws from the course after the published University Course Drop Deadline, a W will appear on the student's transcript.

If a student wishes to withdraw from a course to avoid a failing grade, they must do so before the last scheduled class of the course.  Once a course is completed for the semester, no further drops or withdrawals are permitted.

.It is the sole responsibility of the student to check his or her Student Center to make sure that all adds or drops have been correctly completed.

Non-attendance does not constitute a drop or exclusion from course fees and penalties.

Course Credit

Physical Education credit is granted for:

  1. satisfactory completion of a course offered through the physical education program;
  2. satisfactory participation on an intercollegiate team as a competitor;
  3. satisfactory participation in the marching band (fall term only);
  4. satisfactory participation in approved ROTC courses if the student enrolls in the crosslisted PE course, not the MILS course;
  5. satisfactory participation in approved Theater Arts Dance courses if the student enrolls in the cross listed PE course, not the Theater Arts course;
  6. satisfactory completion of a physical education course at another recognized institution. A written request to enroll must be submitted to, and approved by the Director of Physical Education at Cornell prior to enrollment in the class. A transcript of the in-absentia credit must be forwarded to the Physical Education Office at Cornell upon completion of the course. This option is only available to Cornell undergraduate students who still need to complete a Physical Education credit, have completed all other undergraduate requirements and have left the University.


  1. Students attending courses that meet for two 45 minute sessions per week (24 times in a semester), will be limited to a maximum of 4 absences. Proportional adjustments will be made at the Director's discretion for courses that meet less than 24 times or more than 45 minutes per session.
  2. Absences for medical, religious, academic (ie., field trips), job interviews and personal reasons must be included in the maximum number of absences allowed. Additional absences are not allowed.
  3. Students enrolling in a PE course after the first meeting must count those absences as part of the allotted absences for that course.
  4. Students enrolling in and attending a PE course and then transferring to another course in the same semester, shall have the previously attended classes credited to the new course.

It is the student's responsibility to carefully manage his or her absences so as not to exceed the maximum number. If there are extenuating circumstances affecting class attendance and the maximum number of absences permitted, the student must discuss this in person with the Physical Education Office immediately.

A student exceeding the maximum number of absences permitted in one term due to medical reasons may receive a medical drop through the Physical Education Office. Please bring medical documentation to the Physical Education Office located in 305 Helen Newman Hall to drop the course.

Non-Attendance: If a student enrolls in a course and has numerous absences or fails to attend, all regular course fees and/or penalty fees will be charged. A failing grade will be recorded on the transcript for all students who do not meet the attendance requirement. All students are enrolled for credit.

Greek Peak Skiing: Students enrolled for credit in the Greek Peak ski program are permitted to make up only one absence. Five attendances are required to receive credit for the program. The allowable absence must be made up by the program's ending date. 


Physical Education courses will be graded pass/fail based on attendance. The grade will be recorded on the student's transcript. Students are not allowed to audit Physical Education courses.

Students wishing to dispute a grade, add a course or drop a course that is already posted to their transcript must petition the PE Department prior to the last day of classes in the semester following the one in which the grade or course is posted on the transcript.   After that time, no grades will be changed or courses added/dropped unless there has been an administrative error by the PE Department.

Graduate Students

Graduate students are allowed to register for Physical Education classes in the same way as undergraduates. In some cases (e.g. beginning swimming), undergraduate students will be given priority in registering for classes so that their physical education requirement can be fulfilled. In these cases, graduate students will not be allowed to pre-register for the class during the pre-registration period in the preceding semester. Graduate students will be allowed to register once the add/drop period for the semester begins.