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Policies & Procedures: Withdrawals

Except as otherwise specifically provided, a student may withdraw from the Law College at any time. A student also may withdraw from a course so long as the withdrawal occurs by a specific time. In courses in which a final examination is given, whether or not a paper also is required, a student who wishes to withdraw from the course must do so prior to commencement of the examination. Failure to appear for the examination constitutes a withdrawal. In the case of a take-home examination, the student may withdraw from the course anytime prior to acquiring a copy of the examination.

In courses in which a paper is required in lieu of a final examination, the failure to turn in a written work product on or before the due date constitutes a withdrawal. A grade of “W” is entered for each course from which the student withdraws or is administratively withdrawn. A “W” grade carries no credit and is not included in computing the student’s grade point average. The grade of “W” is final. It cannot be changed or removed by taking a subsequent examination or turning in a paper or project after the due date.

Any student who makes excessive use of the withdrawal policy by regularly withdrawing from one or more courses for which he/she registered, either officially or by not taking the examination therein, may be requested to explain the reason for such withdrawals. If the faculty considers the offered explanation to be inadequate, permission to re-enroll for the following year may be denied. Further, withdrawal from any course during a semester will affect eligibility for scholarships and for honors awards, may affect qualification for financial aid and may result in failure to achieve full residency (see Residency Requirements) for the semester.

A student may not withdraw from RWA I or RWA II unless the student withdraws from all courses that semester.

A student who withdraws from all his/her courses during a semester is considered as having been absent for that semester and may thereafter re-enroll only as stated in the section titled Readmission After Absence.

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