What is an Excused Withdrawal?

Undergraduate and graduate students may petition for an excused withdrawal due to a serious documented extenuating circumstance that prohibits continued enrollment in all courses for the term. Students must see an advisor/program coordinator in their school/college. The advisor/program coordinator will discuss the options and assist students with the completion and submission of this petition if appropriate. Office of the University Registrar will review the petition upon receipt of all the necessary and supporting documentation. Students will be notified of the final decision by email within 30 days after submission of a complete petition.

 

Can my petition be denied? 

The Office of the University Registrar may reject a petition if:

  • The petition is incomplete.
  • Any grade(s) are earned after the extenuating circumstance or an incomplete grade notation exists for the term in question.
  • The petition is for more than one term.
  • The petition is missing required information.
  • The petition is not signed by the student (or appropriately authorized representative) and the advisor/program coordinator.
  • The petition is submitted directly by the student (or appropriately authorized representative).
  • The petition is for a term that exceeds the one year time limit.
  • The petition is to remedy classroom performance, grade discrepancies, or a failed attempt of a course.
  • The petition is filed while an existing academic dishonesty case is in progress.

 

Who should I consult about my petition?

 

Student Financial Services
Advisor
School Certifying Official

If you are receiving any form of financial aid, we suggest discussing your intent to petition for an excused withdrawal with Student Financial Services to understand any financial implications. If you receive an excused withdrawal, you may be required to return financial aid funds.

Discussing your intent to petition for an excused withdrawal with your academic advisor or program coordinator will help you understand any academic implications.

If you are using military education benefits to help finance your education, you may consult the School Certifying Official. From the GIBenefits portal app, select Request Assistance, the select Excused Withdrawal from the drop down list.

What should I know about refunds and grade adjustments?

Submission of the petition does not equate to an automatic approval for grade adjustments or refund issuance. When reviewing the petitions, the Office of the University Registrar will consider all pertinent information for decision-making, such as course participation (attendance, online activity, coursework submission, tests, exams, etc.), meeting with advisors, notes from the medical provider, etc. A grade notation of WE is posted for all excused courses, which are not included in course repeat evaluation. If eligible, the refund amount is calculated in accordance with the University's refund policy taking into account the last known date of participation in or attendance at an academically related activity (online or in-person).

Full Refund

A full refund of tuition and fees may be issued if the following conditions are met:

  • An excused withdrawal petition is approved for all courses in the term.
  • Documented evidence shows the student stopped attending/participating in all courses (either in-person or online) prior to the start of the withdrawal period for the term.

 

Partial Refund

A partial refund of tuition and fees may be issued if the following conditions are met:

  • An excused withdrawal petition is approved for all courses in the term.
  • Documented evidence shows the student stopped attending/participating in all courses (either in-person or online) during the withdrawal period for the term.
  • Partial refund is based on the documented last date of attendance or participation in an academic related activity, either online or in-person, for the entire term.

 

No Refund

Refunds are not issued when a petition is denied. In addition, a petition may be approved with no refund if:

  1. An excused withdrawal was approved for selected courses. This occurs in following situations:
    • The instructor was able to work with the student to complete the remaining course requirements in one or more courses.
    • One or more course was completed in an earlier part of term, but the extenuating circumstance occurred after that course concluded.
  2. The documented last date of attendance/participation in an academically related activity occurred after the refund period ended for the term.

 

The specific documents we require depends on your extenuating circumstance.

 

How do I submit my petition?

Complete your portion of the petition and send it to your academic advisor with supporting documents.  Your advisor will forward your complete petition to the Office of the University Registrar for review. 

The forms may change from time to time. Be sure the latest forms are submitted for consideration.

 

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