A student is allowed to officially withdraw (i.e., cease enrollment in all courses) without academic penalty during the first nine weeks of a Fall or Spring semester. In order to officially withdraw, the student must formally contact the Registrar's Office.
A grade of "W" (Withdrawal) will be assigned to each course if the student withdraws during the first nine weeks of a Fall or Spring semester (the last day to withdraw without academic penalty is indicated in the Schedule of Classes available from the Registrar's Office.
A student who officially withdraws after the first nine weeks of a Fall or Spring semester will receive a grade of "WF" (Withdrawal/Failing) or "WU" (Withdrawal/Unsatisfactory) for each course in which she or he is enrolled in at the time of withdrawal. The following are two exceptions to this policy:
- A student can petition for withdrawal without academic penalty for compelling medical or psychological reasons. Students seeking a medical withdrawal must contact Student Health Services; those seeking a withdrawal for psychological reasons must contact the Counseling and Psychological Services Center. Supporting documentation will be required. If a medical or psychological withdrawal is approved, the student will receive a grade of "W" in each course for which she or he is enrolled.
- A student can petition for withdrawal without academic penalty for extenuating reasons (i.e., other than medical or psychological). The student must formally notify the Registrar's Office. The reasons for the withdrawal should be clearly stated, and supporting documentation may be required. Consideration will be given to the reasons for the withdrawal and grades may be assigned on a course-by-course basis, as deemed appropriate.
Other policies governing withdrawing from courses:
- If a student does not regularly attend an audited course, the instructor may request an administrative withdrawal grade to be assigned. The instructor should provide documentation to the Registrar's Office with the recommendation.
- A student who holds a tuition scholarship or award must pay back the entire remission or award if that student withdraws from courses.
- A student who ceases to attend all classes prior to the end of an academic term, and does not officially withdraw by notifying the Registrar's Office, will automatically receive a "Failing" grade on each enrolled course.
- Distance Learning students enrolled in an extension program should initiate withdrawals in the Office of Distance Education.
- A student who officially withdraws from the University will receive a refund based on the date of notification. The refund percentage is published in the Schedule of Classes for each semester. The term refund should be understood to mean either: a) the repayment of money received by the University for tuition and fees, or b) a reduction of charges if tuition and fees have not yet been paid.