College of Liberal Arts

Retroactive Withdrawal

The College of Liberal Arts follows the withdrawal policies of the University as stated in the Academic Policies and Procedures section of the General Information Catalog. Since students are expected to withdraw during the semester in which they are experiencing difficulty, and exceptions are only made for students who were unable to withdraw during the semester, retroactive withdrawals are rarely considered.

A request for a retroactive withdrawal must be submitted to the Dean’s Office by the last class day of the next long-semester. An appeal for a retroactive withdrawal for a semester prior to the previous long semester will only be considered if the student was somehow unable to contact the Dean’s Office during any of the intervening time.


Application Procedures

  1. The student must meet with an academic advisor in the Dean’s Office.
  2. If the academic advisor determines the student may qualify for a retroactive withdrawal under university policy, as stated in the General Information Catalog, they will be given a Retroactive Withdrawal Application.
  3. The application must be completed in its entirety, including an explanation for not withdrawing during the semester(s) in question. The student must provide documentation and specific dates of hospitalization, bed rest, injury, and/or other claims.
  4. The application must be submitted to the Dean’s Office, along with all requested documentation, by the deadline indicated on the application by the advisor.
  5. It is the student's responsibility to ensure all requested documentation is submitted to the Dean’s Office by the stated deadline. Medical documentation must be submitted to the Dean’s Office directly by the healthcare provider—students may not hand-deliver documentation.
  6. Applications will not be reviewed until all requested documentation is received by the Dean’s Office.
  7. Applications may not be submitted after the indicated deadline without explicit permission of the Dean’s Office.
  8. Final decisions on applications are made by the dean.
  9. If approved, grades for the semester(s) in question will appear as “W” on the transcript.