On occasion, due to unforeseen circumstances, students may need to interrupt their studies for a period of time or may need to withdraw from their program of study. In both cases, students need to follow specific procedures.
A Stop Out (Leave of Absence) is a temporary stop from academic studies. Students may request a Leave of Absence for a period of up to one year.
- A maximum of 3 leave of absences may be approved before additional coursework or requirements may be imposed on a student.
- Students requesting a leave of absence should be in good financial standing. Students on academic probation can petition but may be required to reach good standing (i.e., to raise their GPA) before approval is granted.
- Students who have not submitted a leave of absence form will remain enrolled, will be required to pay tuition for that term and will receive grades appropriate to the course work completed that will be recorded on the transcript.
- Students who fail to register when their leave of absence ends or who have not been granted a leave of absence will lose their continuing status one calendar year after the point of withdrawal and will need to contact the Admissions Office and re-apply.
- Students who are re-admitted will need to follow the catalog in effect at the time of their re-admission.
A Program Withdrawal is a request to withdraw from your program and subsequently from the University.
Students requesting to withdraw from a program or the University must submit to their mentor a written and signed “program withdrawal form” stating their decision to drop out. The date of submission of the form is the date used in determining if a tuition refund is due. Students who do not submit a program withdrawal form will remain enrolled and will be required to pay tuition for that term and will receive grades appropriate to the course work completed. Failure to withdraw officially may result to failing grades recorded on the transcript. Students who drop out of a program without informing the University through the Program withdrawal Form and without remaining in good financial standing will not be able to collect grades and transcripts. Students, who have not been enrolled for two consecutive terms and have not been granted a leave of absence or fail to register upon expiration of their leave of absence will be notified and will be administratively withdrawn from their respective programs.
Re-admission: Students who lose their continuing student status must reapply for admissions to the University. The Admission Committee will review the application. A student will need to re-apply for admission to the University under any of the following conditions:
- If a calendar year has elapsed from their withdrawal date (drop out or Administrative)
- If a student fails to register upon expiration of their leave of absence
- If a student has not been granted a leave of absence, they will lose their continuing status after one calendar year from the point of withdraw