Time Away From College

We understand that situations occur that require a student to interrupt their academic plans. To ensure that students have every opportunity to leave the College and have the option to return, it is important that they follow the appropriate steps.

LEAVE OF ABSENCE

Traditional Undergraduates wishing to interrupt their registration for any reason should contact the Center for Student Success to request a leave of absence. The Center will advise them concerning: re-registering at the College once they are ready to return from the leave and transferring of any credits earned at other institutions during the leave. Students should also contact the Office of Financial Aid to discuss any financial implications.

Students looking to return from a leave of absence must contact the Center for Student Success prior to the semester they wish to return to register for classes. Students may take a leave of absence for a maximum of two consecutive semesters.

Students who do not formally request a leave of absence from the College must contact the Center for Student Success in order to re-register at the College. A student who has been away for a period of five years or longer will, upon re-entry, be obligated by the current catalog requirements. The students’ transcript will also need to be re-evaluated by the Chair of the Department in order to determine the viability of credit earned towards the major.

Adult-Undergraduate students who take more than 10 years to graduate also need to have courses in their major re-evaluated.

DISMISSAL

Students who fail to make academic progress may be dismissed from the college through the Academic Foundations Committee. These students will be required to take a minimum of two semesters away from Caldwell and during that time address any issues that are hindering their academic success at the college.

After the lapse of two semesters, a dismissed student may submit a petition for reinstatement to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Reinstatement is not automatic. The student’s overall record (academic and disciplinary) is reviewed, as is performance in courses taken elsewhere during his/her suspension from the College.

If reinstated, the student must schedule an appointment in the Center for Student Success to register for classes and develop an academic support plan. Once reinstated, the student must meet a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA to avoid dismissal at the end of the semester. A student who has been dismissed a second time may not apply for reinstatement.

WITHDRAWAL

Students who withdraw from the College must contact the Center for Student Success for an exit interview. Traditional Undergraduates should meet with the Director of Advisement and Adult Undergraduates should contact their Academic Advisor. All students should contact the Office of Financial Aid to discuss any financial implications.

Students withdrawing from the College during the semester must also withdraw from all their classes by contacting each of their instructors and submitting the withdrawal form to the Registrar’s office before the withdrawal deadlines. Failure to follow this procedure will result in a grade of F in every course in which the student is registered.

Students withdrawing from the College at the end of the semester, but who are registered in classes for the following semester, must submit a drop form for each of their classes to avoid being charged for the semester.

Students who do not formally request to withdraw from the college must contact the Center for Student Success in order to re-register at the College. A student who has been away for a period of five years or longer will, upon re-entry, be obligated by the current catalog requirements. The students’ transcript will also need to be re-evaluated by the Chair of the Department in order to determine the viability of credit earned towards the major.

Adult-Undergraduate students who take more than 10 years to graduate also need to have courses in their major re-evaluated.


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