Graduate Regulations

Withdrawal

Withdrawal from a course or a graduate program is a formal process initiated by the student and received and documented by the University. As a formal academic transaction, withdrawals are formally noted on the graduate transcript.

Withdrawal from a course or program offered by Graduate and Professional Studies may be initiated at any time during a course or program, except that it may not be initiated and will not be accepted by the University –

  1. For a course which has been completed but for which a final grade has yet to be issued;
  2. For a course for which an Incomplete has been recorded, except in extraordinary circumstances; or
  3. For a program when an academic action that may result in Academic Suspension is pending, withdrawals are executed through the submission of a Notification of Withdrawal to the Registrar.

All Notifications of Withdrawal must be submitted in writing to the Academic Advisor (e-mails are accepted). Notifications will neither be accepted nor approved by the academic advisor under the three circumstances specified previously.

Withdrawal from a course does not constitute withdrawal from a program or disassociation from Graduate and Professional Studies. A student who has withdrawn from a course may continue study during the next scheduled course without penalty. If a student withdraws from a course and does not intend or expect to continue study, a program withdrawal should be initiated.

Withdrawal from a program constitutes disassociation from Graduate and Professional Studies and the University. Students who have withdrawn from a program must apply for re-admission to resume study. If program or degree requirements have changed since the student’s initial enrollment, the student may be required to satisfy the new requirements upon re-admission.

Departure Without Withdrawal

Final grades are issued in each course for each enrolled student who has not withdrawn from the course. Students who terminate attendance without formally withdrawing from a course are assigned a grade of FN or FSA depending on attendance. The consequence of a failing grade issued as a consequence of Departure Without Withdrawal is Academic Dismissal. See: "Graduate and Professional Studies Grading Standard." Students who depart from a program without formally withdrawing effectively terminate their affiliation with the University. Such students may subsequently reapply for admission to graduate study. The nature of their departure may be considered as a factor in the readmission decision. If program or degree requirements have been changed since the student's initial enrollment, the student will be required to satisfy all new requirements upon readmission.

Departure Without Withdrawal: Final grades are issued in each course for each enrolled student who has not formally withdrawn from the course. Students who terminate attendance without formally withdrawing from a course are assigned a grade of FN. According to the academic policy regarding continuous enrollment, two consecutive failing grades due to nonattendance results in Academic Dismissal. Revised 4/26/2011