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University Withdrawal Procedures

A student who wishes to withdraw from the University during any semester or summer session shall begin the withdrawal process by logging on to MyPurdue, select the Academic tab, select the “Withdraw from the University” link and complete the form. Once the form is submitted, students are required to complete the process by speaking with a Student Support Specialist in the Office of the Dean of Students in Schleman Hall, Room 207, or by calling 765-494-1747 and asking to speak with a Student Support Specialist. 

Dropping Hours and the Impact on Financial Aid

When a student withdraws from the University, the registrar will issue authorization for refunds in accordance with the existing policy regarding such refunds.

Refunding of Fees and Tuition

Registered students who find it necessary to cancel their registration prior to the beginning of classes, upon the recommendation of the registrar, will receive 100 percent refund on all fees and tuition. Students who withdraw from the University at any time after the start of the semester will receive refunds, if any, in accordance with the schedule of the Office of the Bursar, available at http://www.purdue.edu/bursar/refunds.html.

General Policy and Procedures Regarding Withdrawal of Students

WeekPOLICYODOS Approval
Weeks 1-2 If a student withdraws from the University during the first two weeks of a semester, courses will not appear on the student's academic record. A withdrawal statement and effective date will appear on the record. All A/P Staff in SCHL
Weeks 3-4 Students withdrawing during the third and fourth weeks of a semester will receive a "W" grade for all courses. All A/P Staff in SCHL
Weeks 5-9 Students classified as 0 with 31 or more college credits or classified as 3 or above, including graduate students, who withdraw during the fifth through ninth weeks of a semester, must have a determination by the Dean of Students regarding whether the withdraw is with or without grades. If without grades, a "W" grade is recorded for each course. If with grades, the instructor of each course must record whether the student is passing (W grade) or failing (WF or WN) at the time of the effective date of the withdrawal. The Dean of Students shall assign the effective date of withdrawal, which normally will be the actual date of the withdrawal (or the date of the accident, hospitalization, or circumstance that led to the need to withdraw). The Registrar will solicit each instructor to record either a "W" or "WF" grade as of the effective date of the withdrawal. All A/P Staff in SCHL
Weeks 10-16, Finals According to University policy, students may not withdraw from school during weeks ten through sixteen regardless of classification. However, there is a provision which allows the Dean of Students to withdraw students during this period of time. This should be done only under justifiable circumstances and may be done with or without grades. See Below. All A/P Staff in SCHL (with grades)
After Week 17 According to University policy, students may not withdraw from school during weeks ten through sixteen regardless of classification. However, there is a provision which allows the Dean of Students to withdraw students during this period of time under justifiable circumstances only. See below. Any request to withdraw after a semester has endeded must be made to the Registrar's Office. A personal statement and pertinent medical documentation must accompany the request. All documents must be sent to the attention of Lesa Beals.

 

Specific withdrawal dates can be found in the Mortar Board calendar and at the following website:  http://www.purdue.edu/registrar/Calendars/.  Click the appropriate semester or session under the Schedule Revision heading. 

For assistance you may call the Office of the Registrar at (765) 494-6165 or the Office of the Dean of Students at (765) 494-1747.

Summary Grade Assignment
Fall or Spring Semester

Weeks
Grade Assignment
1-2
No Record
3-4
W
5-9
W*, WF, or WN
10-16
W*, WF, or WN if permitted
*Students with classification 0, 1 or 2 receive a W grade.

 

The grade assignment and refund schedules for academic sessions of shorter duration are proportionate to the length of the session. Check with the Registrar or Office of the Dean of Students if there are any questions regarding withdrawal at times other than what has been listed above.

Requests to Withdraw from Purdue University:
During Weeks 10 through 16

According to University academic regulations, students may not withdraw from school during weeks 10 through 16 regardless of classification. However, there is a provision that allows the Dean of Students to withdraw students after the deadline for withdrawing under justifiable circumstances only.

Circumstances reasonably beyond the control of the student which caused the student to be unable to attend classes, complete the semester, or otherwise become delinquent academically may be considered for a possible late withdrawal with or without grades. If with grades, the Registrar will solicit each instructor to record either a "W" or "WF" grade as of the effective date of withdrawal. However, documentation to substantiate the student's claim is required. For example, if the request is based upon medical circumstances, a physician's statement, hospital records, or other appropriate documentation must be submitted with the request.

Requests are to be made in a timely fashion when it first becomes evident that circumstances prevent a student from performing academically. Requests delayed beyond a reasonable time will receive critical scrutiny. It is the responsibility of the student to make a timely notification of his/her circumstances. A written, signed, and dated request with appropriate documentation must be submitted to the Office of the Dean of Students, Schleman Hall, Room 207 or mailed to:

Office of the Dean of Students
Purdue University
Schleman Hall, Room 207
475 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2050
(765) 494-1747

A panel of staff members in the Office of the Dean of Students will review the request on the Tuesday following receipt of the request. Decisions will be sent to the student's Purdue email address.