Withdrawing from the University
Beginning the first day of the term, if you decide to process a total withdrawal from the University (stop attending all classes), you must contact the Timme Center for Student Services , CSS 101, or the Registrar’s Office, locally 231-591-2792 or toll free 1-800-433-7747. If you stop attending classes, but do not officially withdraw from the University, grades of "F" will be recorded in all courses. If your total withdrawal is due to a medical reason you should contact Birkam Health Center at 231-591-2614. Students receiving disciplinary suspension or dismissal from the University will receive a grade of “AW” (Administrative Withdrawal) that equates to a “W” grade prior to the last day to process a partial withdrawal from the University or an “AWF” (Administrative Withdrawal Failing) grade that equates to an “F” grade after such date.
A student formerly enrolled at the University must file a readmission application if an interruption in enrollment has occurred. An interruption in enrollment occurs whenever a student withdraws from the University or fails to enroll for a succeeding semester, not including summer semester. Admission consideration of a re-entering student’s academic standing is based on all courses attempted at the University and at other colleges and universities attended. An applicant must meet the same academic requirements expected of new applicants.
A reduction in course load (a class withdrawal) after the fourth (4) day of classes is not a basis for a refund. After the fourth day of the term a student may withdraw from a course and receive a W grade within the established time period. After that time period, without justifiable reasons or neglecting to withdraw from the class through the dean's office, results in an “F” grade**.
Medical Withdrawal from the University
Official Medical Withdrawals from the University are initiated by contacting the Registrar's Office. These withdrawals must be approved and signed by a Birkam Health Center physician or the Counseling Center director. A Medical Withdrawal is a total withdrawal from all classes for the semester, not a partial reduction in a student's schedule. Medical Withdrawals will result in the grade of “W” assigned to all courses after the fourth (4th) calendar day or the approved last 'drop day' of the semester for the course(s). Current semester grades awarded for courses completed on or before the effective Medical Withdrawal date will remain as assigned and credit will be given for the course(s). Examples would be courses in session A, or B.
Within the semester, the Medical Withdrawal is effective upon the date the student is/was no longer able to attend classes due to documented medical reasons. If documentation is not available at the time the Medical Withdrawal is initiated, the student will be advised to process an Academic Withdrawal through the Registrar's Office. The student must submit the required medical documentation to the Health Center within 14 calendar days of his or her Academic Withdrawal from the University to amend his or her withdrawal status to medical. Upon receipt of the required documentation, the Health Center will submit a Medical Withdrawal to the Registrar's Office. Failure of compliance by the student will result in the Academic Withdrawal remaining in effect. Refer to the Academic Withdrawal policy for grade determination.
After the end of the semester, Medical Withdrawal requests must include medical documentation and be submitted to the Birkam Health Center within 30 days of the last day of classes for the given semester.
Students who receive a Medical Withdrawal effective fall or spring semester, and wish to return to the University, must reapply for admission and financial aid. Summer semester Medical Withdrawals will not affect a student's fall class schedule or financial aid; the student is not required to reapply for admission. The Health Center may place a “Medical Hold” on the student's record, preventing the student from registering for future semesters, until the hold is cleared by the Health Center.
**The withdrawal process is the responsibility of the Registrar’s Office. The Dean of Enrollment Services will review exceptions to all withdrawal policies. To remain in compliance with federal regulations, the University may change withdrawal policies without prior notification.
Academic Withdrawal from the University
In compliance with Federal Title IV Regulations
Academic Withdrawals are administered by the Registrar’s Office in the following manner:
Student Initiates the Academic Withdrawal (During Semester)
An Academic Withdrawal will be initiated when a student makes notice of the intent to withdraw to the Registrar's Office. The contact date of student notification will be the Academic Withdrawal date; however, the Registrar's Office may choose to use the last documented date of attendance at an academically related activity if it more accurately reflects the student's withdrawal. Students who officially withdraw on or after the first day of the semester, up to and including the fourth (4th) calendar day, or the approved last drop day of the semester for the course(s), will have no transcript record for that semester. After these time frames, the statement “Withdrew (Student Action)” will appear on the transcript and will result in a grade(s) of “W” or ‘WF’.
The grade of “W” is issued when a student contacts the Registrar’s Office prior to the last day to process a partial withdrawal from the University. The grade of “WF” is issued when student contact occurs after the last day to process a partial withdrawal from the University. A “W” grade is not computed in a student’s cumulative grade point average (GPA); however, a “WF” grade has a grade point value of zero (0.00) and is used when computing the GPA. Tuition, financial aid, and housing charges will be adjusted according to current University policies.
Student Fails To Provide Withdrawal Notice (During the Semester)
Prior to the end of a semester, if any office within the University becomes aware that a student is not attending a scheduled class on a repetitive basis, they must notify the Registrar’s Office. If, by due process, determination is made by the Registrar’s Office that a student has ceased attendance in all classes during the semester and failed to provide notice of his or her intent to withdraw, the Registrar’s Office will initiate an Academic Withdrawal. The Registrar’s Office may choose to use the last documented date of attendance at an academically related activity if it more accurately reflects the student’s withdrawal. Students who are officially withdrawn on or after the first day of the semester, up to and including the fourth (4th) calendar day, or the approved last ‘drop day’ of the semester for the course(s), will have no transcript record for that semester. After these time frames, the statement “Academic Withdrawal (University Action)” will appear on the transcript and will result in a grade(s) of “W” or “WF”. The grade a student will receive will be dependent upon the Academic Withdrawal date. A “W” grade is not computed in a student’s cumulative grade point average (GPA); however, a “WF” grade has a grade point value of zero (0.00) and is used when computing the GPA. Tuition, financial aid, and housing charges will be adjusted according to current university policies.
Students have the option to appeal, in writing, their assigned Academic Withdrawal grade. It is the student’s responsibility to provide official documentation verifying the lack of their attendance. As an enclosure, attendance documentation must be included with the written appeal statement and submitted to the Registrar’s Office within 30 days of the last day of classes for the given semester. Appeals failing to meet the prescribed time lines will be reviewed by the Dean of Enrollment Services on a case-by-case basis.
To Cancel an Academic Withdrawal
Within one week from the original withdrawal notification, the student must submit to the Registrar's Office written correspondence of his or her intent to remain enrolled. If the student subsequently withdraws after canceling the withdrawal notification, the Academic Withdrawal date is the date the student first provided to the University; however, the Registrar's Office may choose to document a last date of attendance based on an academically related activity.
Notice to Students:
Students who completely withdraw from all classes in a semester and then wish to return to the University may need to reapply for admission after a break in enrollment, not including summer. When reapplying, a student may need to contact the Financial Aid Office to request reinstatement of his or her financial aid. Summer withdrawals will not affect a student's fall class schedule and the student is not required to reapply for admission.
To remain in compliance with federal Title IV regulations, the University may change withdrawal policies without prior notification.