The university reserves the right to withdraw students from a class or all classes
if, in the judgment of the appropriate university officials, such withdrawals are
in the best interests of students and the university. Students may be withdrawn for
reasons of health, irresponsible financial conduct, unacceptable personal conduct,
Honesty Code violations, disregard of official summonses to respond to official requests,
or other academic infractions.
Students may appeal for a self-initiated administrative withdrawal if experiencing
extreme extenuating circumstances. Some examples of extenuating circumstances include,
but are not limited to, death in the family, illness of an immediate family member,
or natural disaster. (If seeking a medical withdrawal please refer to Medical Withdrawals
on the Office of Academic Records Website.)
Students requesting an administrative withdrawal or refund of tuition and fees must
submit a Student Appeal Form to the Office of Academic Records. Withdrawal appeals
should be submitted to the Office of Academic Records prior to the close of the following
long semester. Appeals submitted after one long semester will not be considered. Students
with questions concerning appeals may contact the Office of Academic Records at firstname.lastname@example.org. Appeal forms are available at the Student Assistance Center. The Office of Academic
Records will communicate with academic, financial, and student services administrators
with regards to student appeals. Students should review their official UHCL email
address for follow-up questions and decisions regarding appeals.
A grade of WX is recorded for approved Administrative Withdrawals. The grade of WX
is not computed in students’ grade point averages. In most cases, the regular tuition
and fee assessment and refund schedule policies of the University prevail. Please
refer to the Refund Schedule for additional information.
Disciplinary suspensions or dismissals are initiated by the appropriate authority
in the Dean of Student’s Office and written notification is sent to the Office of
Academic Records. The Office of Academic Records cancels students’ registration and
notifies other administrative offices and faculty members.
If faculty members have reason to inquire about specific cases of administrative withdrawal,
they may inquire with the Registrar or their Associate Dean’s office. In certain cases,
students’ right to confidentiality may not permit full disclosure of the circumstances.
Faculty members should maintain accurate and consistent records of academic engagement
from students throughout the semester.
Students who are administratively withdrawn from a single course or all courses in
- Are still responsible for all debts, including tuition, fees, and other incidental
charges for the full semester.
- May have an effect on financial aid awards and/or student visa status when the withdrawal
results in a change in enrollment status.
- If receiving financial aid, students are advised to contact the Office of Financial
Aid prior to making changes in their enrollment status.
- International students are advised to contact the International Advising Office prior
to making changes in their enrollment status.
- Will have all student services and privileges, including library services and use
of computer labs, terminated when registration is canceled or withdrawn from the university.
Students requesting a semester medical withdrawal must submit a Student Appeal form
to the Office of Academic Records before the end of the current semester, but no later
than the close of the following long semester. (Students should make every attempt
to withdraw themselves before the drop deadline for the term. Please refer to the
academic calendar for more information regarding deadlines.) A medical withdrawal
formally drops all courses in a term.
A written appeal for a medical withdrawal should address each of the following:
- Explain in detail how/why the medical condition/circumstances prevented the completion
of the academic semester.
- Detail the dates of the onset of the medical condition/circumstances, along with the
dates of any treatment received, if appropriate.
- If attendance was stopped, explain why and when. (Please note: nonattendance does
not exempt students from academic and financial responsibilities.)
- If the regular withdrawal process was not utilized, explain why not.
- Explain what type of assistance is anticipated as a result of this request. Be as
specific as possible.
A letter from a health care provider(s) or other pertinent sources must be included.
The documentation should be on clinic letterhead and should address the following:
- Explain how the severity of the condition completely prevents attending classes and
completing the semester.
- Address potential health/clinical consequences if a medical withdrawal is not granted.
- Submit all materials to the Office of Academic Records. Any missing or incomplete
information may delay consideration of the request.
- After the materials are received, the request will be evaluated by the Office of Academic
Records and students will be notified when the request has been approved or denied.
Additional information to assist the university in its evaluation may be required.
The decision of the Office of Academic Records is final.
- Withdrawal appeals should be submitted to the Office of Academic Records prior to
the close of the following long semester. Appeals submitted after one long semester
will not be considered.
- International students, students with a disability, and students who are receiving
financial aid, veteran's and/or other benefits and who are considering withdrawing
from the university must meet with the appropriate official (e.g., international student
advisor, staff from Disability Services, financial aid counselor, or veteran's services)
before withdrawing since there may be legal, certification, and/or repayment penalties
associated with withdrawing.
- Medical withdrawal typically results in withdrawal from all classes. Students who
are considering the medical withdrawal process and wish to drop some, but not all,
of their classes for a semester should instead contact their academic associate dean's
office for information about administrative drops.
- Please note that a Medical Withdrawal is granted in rare instances where students
are faced with a serious and unexpected condition that completely precludes them from
being able to function as a student. If a request is approved, students may be required
to submit documentation from a health care provider to indicate their ability to function
successfully prior to subsequent enrollment. Additional requests for a medical withdrawal
are normally not granted for the same circumstances.
- Student Loans: Students who have borrowed from the Perkins or Direct Loan programs
are required to schedule an Exit Counseling session. Contact the financial aid office
for additional information.
- All outstanding bills and university obligations must be paid/fulfilled. This includes
any payment plans or loan agreements issued by the Cashier's Office. Contact the Cashier's
Office for additional information.