Late Withdrawals

Late withdrawals will be approved only under extreme, documented circumstances. A late withdrawal requested due to a low grade in the class, lack of interest in the subject matter, a different learning style from that of the classroom professor, or a change of major/requirements will not be granted.

If a student believes that extraordinary circumstances require withdrawing from a class after the deadline, the student must complete the following steps:

    • Write a letter fully specifying the reasons for the withdrawal.
    • Gather supporting documentation (physical report, court documents, hospital documents, etc.).
    • Meet with the academic advisor for a signature on a Petition for Late Withdrawal.
    • Meet with the dean of the school for a signature on the petition.
    • Submit the signed petition, along with the letter and documentation, to the associate provost or registrar. 
    • If approved for a late withdrawal, the student will receive a W.

    Notes: (1) Students are not permitted to withdraw from a course to attend another course if the second course has already had two class meetings.

    (2) A student who is a first responder may elect to withdraw from a course with a grade of W at any time during the semester if documentation is provided verifying that the student’s first responder duties were the cause of absences exceeding the number of allowable excused absences. This policy applies to academic withdrawal only.

    (3) Calculation of the return of Title IV aid will be based on the last date of attendance for the term.  This may result in a balance due to the university for which the student will be responsible.

    (4) Petition for Late Withdrawal may be denied based on implications of the financial aid cycle.