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Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014


Withdrawal and Leave of Absence

Students admitted to the University of Maryland are expected to make regular and consistent progress towards the completion of their degree. However, the University understands that in exceptional circumstances a student may find it necessary to completely withdraw from all classes. The University considers such an interruption to be very serious as it delays normal progress towards the degree. Students should not withdraw for frivolous reasons or to avoid the consequences of ignoring their academic responsibilities. Any student considering withdrawal is strongly encouraged to meet with his or her academic college advisor before leaving the University.

Potential Implications: Withdrawing or taking a leave of absence from the University may have serious implications for international students, students receiving financial aid or students residing in on-campus housing. Students are advised to contact the appropriate offices before finalizing withdrawal or leave of absence plans.

Student Financial Services Office, 1135 Lee Building, 301-314-9000
Department of Resident Life, 2100 Annapolis Hall, 301-314-2100
Office of International Services, 2111 Holzapfel Hall, 301-314-7740

Withdrawal: A withdrawal is available anytime between the first and last day of classes. Students must submit written notice of withdrawal to the Office of the Registrar no later than the last day of classes. In exceptional cases, a retroactive withdrawal may be granted based on documented requests in which extenuating circumstances significantly impaired the student's ability to complete the semester and officially withdraw by the established semester deadlines. Such circumstances inlcude, but are not limited to, medical or psychological causes. A student's return to the University is contingent upon the conditions outlined in Return to the University below.

Leave of Absence: A leave of absence is a type of withdrawal and is available for students wishing to take time away from the University with the intention of returning the following semester. The leave of absence status is especially helpful for recipients of federal financial aid because they are not considered to be withdrawn provided they do return and complete the following semester. Students may apply for a leave of absence only during the last 60 days of the semester. A student's return to the University is contingent upon the conditions outlined in Return to the University below.

Return to the University: Normally, a student may withdraw or take a leave of absence from the University only once during matriculation as an undergraduate. Students who find it necessary to leave the University are required to petition the Faculty Review Board in order to return. Students who have earned a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA, with no previous withdrawal or leave of absence, are exempt from this requirement. Students who withdraw or take a leave of absence while on academic probation, or those returning from dismissal, are always required to petition the Faculty Review Board. For information on returning to the university, please see www.studentsuccess.umd.edu .


Additional Withdrawal/Leave of Absence Information:The effective date of withdrawal or leave of absence for the purposes of refunds is the date that the notice is received by the Office of the Registrar. Notation of withdrawal/leave of absence and the effective date will be posted to the student's academic record. Instructors and college offices will be notified of all withdrawn students. The deadline date for submitting the withdrawal for each semester is the last day of classes. Students should contact the Student Success Office for reenrollment information.

The repeat policy will not apply to courses taken during the academic semester from which the student is officially withdrawn.

Military Call-ups: It is the intent of the University of Maryland, College Park, to facilitate the withdrawal or change in registration and the reenrollment of students who are called to active military duty during the semester. The student (or a representative) should take a copy of the military orders to the Office of the Registrar and process a withdrawal or change in registration papers. Detailed information about this process may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar. Withdrawal for active military service will have no effect on any subsequent request to withdraw from the University.

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