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Retroactive Withdrawal

Retroactive withdrawal

A retroactive withdrawal is available only for extraordinary reasons as delineated below for students who were unable to complete a standard university withdrawal during the semester. An approved retroactive withdrawal will result in a student receiving a grade of "W" in all courses for the approved semester. All requests for retroactive withdrawals must be submitted within 30 days from the last day of the final examination period for the semester in which the student was enrolled (please refer to the University’s published Academic Calendar for each semester of the academic year).

Documentation must accompany the Application for Retroactive Withdrawal and the application must be completed in its entirety, to include a justification statement.  Requests and additional information submitted after the deadline cannot be processed.

The Retroactive Withdrawal Application is available on the Dean of Students webpage -

The Retroactive Withdrawal Committee will provide a written decision within 10 business days.  The decision of the Retroactive Withdrawal Committee is final. 

Basis for a Retroactive Withdrawal

Basis for a retroactive withdrawal include the following:

  • An illness or injury that significantly limited my ability to withdraw in a timely manner.
  • A health or safety emergency within my immediate family.
  • Permanent disability verified by the Office of Accessibility Services, diagnosed after the semester in question and demonstrated that the problem is pertinent to the request for withdrawal.
  • Other extenuating circumstance(s).