Excused Withdrawals Due to Medical or Personal Circumstances
An excused withdrawal request may be considered in a case in which serious illness, injury or family tragedy prevents a student from continuing his or her class, and other arrangements or an incomplete from the instructor is not possible. All applications for an excused withdrawal require thorough third-party supporting evidence (i.e. - typed doctor's note, death certificate, etc.) This evidence is required in addition to a typed note from the student with current date and signature of the student. Excused withdrawal requests must indicate the reason, the period of the leave and why the difficulties prohibit the student from completing the semester.
It is the student's responsibility to complete a drop form and obtain each instructor's signature to withdraw from class. Only under extreme extenuating circumstances will the Dean of Students consider processing the drop form for a student: when the student is totally incapacitated, has no individual to designate for assistance. If the student is unable to get to campus: A designee acting on behalf of the student may request signatures of the professors on the drop form by contacting the departments, presenting appropriate identification, permission or documentation and submitting the form to the Registrar.
The Dean of Students will only consider a request for a complete excused withdrawal within the academic year. Applications for partial excused withdrawals are rarely granted and the request must be especially well documented to justify the selective nature of the partial request. [If the request is for a prior semester within one year and the student did not drop or receive a W for the class(es), a grade change from the former professors or appropriate chairperson would have to be granted in order to be considered for an excused withdrawal from the Dean of Students]*
Students are always recommended to meet with an Educational Counselor in the Center for Educational and Retention Counseling (CERC).
Steps in the excused withdrawal process:
If you are requesting a partial excused withdrawal Call the Dean of Student's Office at 516.572.7135 for further instructions.
Students receiving financial aid are required to obtain the signature of a Financial Aid Advisor.