This is something that the WSA has been really pushing for and has been thrilled to see the faculty and deans embrace.
By moving the deadline closer to the end of the semester, students will have more time to complete assignments (and get them returned from professors!), and truly judge their performance in their classes and determine if withdrawing is the right decision for them.
Thanks to the faculty and students on the Educational Policy Committee (EPC) for making this decision.
For more information about why and how this decision was made, check out EPC member Arya Alizadeh ’13’s post on the WSA blog.