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Late Withdrawal Petition Process

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Students are permitted to withdraw from classes through the tenth week of the semester, or as designated on the academic calendar for summer and interterm. In the event that students experience significant medical or family difficulties or emergency situations during the semester, students may need to withdraw from one or more classes after the withdrawal deadline. The late withdrawal petition process through the Dean of Students Office is designed for students experiencing serious medical or mental health concerns, significant family or personal emergencies, or relocation due to their military status or occupation. For the purposes of this policy, all late withdrawal petitions discussed herein refer to petitions for late withdrawal for medical reasons or personal or family emergencies, as reviewed through the Dean of Students Office. Please see the undergraduate catalog for additional information about other types of petitions for late withdrawals from courses.

Please watch the video below for an overview of the late withdrawal petition process through the Dean of Students Office:

Late withdrawal petitions are not automatically granted. Late withdrawals may only be submitted for compelling and substantial circumstances that were not foreseeable by the student during the regular withdrawal period. Late withdrawals are typically granted for serious medical conditions, including mental health concerns, or significant family or personal emergencies. Even severe difficulties beyond the student's control may not be grounds for a late withdrawal unless the circumstances could not have reasonably been foreseen and handled through the normal processes before the final withdrawal deadline. If the student knew of the difficulties before the drop date and decided to stay in classes anyway, then the late withdrawal policies are not designed to reverse this choice. The student should typically be able to demonstrate that he or she was attending classes regularly and making good academic process until the intervening event occurred. Additionally, the student should be able to show that the intervening circumstances took place after the withdrawal deadline.

If a student's petition for a late withdrawal is granted by the Dean of Students Office, the student will receive W's for course grades instead of a letter grade. Please note that a late withdrawal for medical reasons or personal/family emergencies does not refund tuition fees.

Download the petition form and printable instructions for the process here:

Common Questions about the Late Withdrawal Petition Process

Please check here to see if your questions are answered. If you have additional questions, please contact the Dean of Students Office in Argryos Forum 101 or at (714) 997-6721 during regular business hours.

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Contact the Dean of Students Office
Phone (714) 997-6721
Fax (714) 532-6009
Argyros Forum 101

Contact the University Registrar
Phone (714) 997-6701
Fax (714) 628-2707

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Late Withdrawal Information
Ask questions about the Late Withdrawal Petition Process in Argyros Forum 101 or by calling (714) 997-6721.