Students who are unable to complete the courses they began in a given semester must initiate a formal withdrawal from the University. Continued absence from classes does not constitute a withdrawal, and an absence which continues through the final examination period may result in failing grades. Failure to follow proper university withdrawal procedures may thus produce an academic record which makes it difficult to return to this University or to enter another college or university. It will also incur a continuing financial obligation.
Various college rules apply on withdrawal status, depending on timing and circumstances of withdrawal request.
- During the first eight weeks of the semester; students who are in good standing may withdraw without credit or penalty. No estimated grades are required.
- During the ninth through 12th weeks of the semester; students may be required by a dean to obtain an estimated grade for each course in progress. Students who have an estimated grade below C in any course may be placed on "must petition" status for reentry. If, at the time the student withdraws, their cumulative GPA including estimated grades is below a 2.00, the student may also be placed on "drop" status and/or assigned a grade of F in one of the courses from which the student withdraws.
- During the 13th week through the end of the examination period: All students who withdraw at this point are required to obtain estimated grades or await final grades in each of their classes. The college may apply an academic penalty for the withdrawal and set reentry conditions that apply to ninth- through 12th-week withdrawals.
Clearance for withdrawal is obtained from LAS Student Academic Affairs and the university's Office of the Dean of Students.
Students may petition to withdraw from a semester after the conclusion of the final examination and/or the submission of grades. Typically, we expect such petitions to include documentation of extenuating circumstances. Our decisions may also take into account the petitioner's full academic record.
Students in good standing or on probation have the option of "stopping out" for a time; that is, leaving the university for one or two semesters without initiating formal withdrawal procedures. Students who have stopped out will need to contact their admissions/records officer to be reinstated in the computer system and to receive a registration eligibility time.
If students are planning on transferring to another institution, the courtesy of initiating formal withdrawal procedures from the university is appreciated, but not required; if students have registered in advance for the subsequent semester, it is their obligation to clear these course enrollments. In cases both of withdrawal and "stopping out," students are encouraged to discuss their plans with an advisor, an assistant dean, and their parent(s) or guardian.
The Office of Student Financial Aid provides information concerning possible partial adjustment of tuition and fees.
The college has detailed procedures for re-entering.
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