Withdrawal from College or Courses
Students who withdraw from either the College or a particular course must initiate
such action in the ACT Center. Failure to attend class or providing informal notification to instructors will not
be considered official notice of withdrawal. If a student never attends all courses and does not withdraw, the college will administratively
withdraw them with full tuition liability.
Withdrawals initiated during the first three weeks of the semester (or its equivalent
for shorter parts of term) result in deletion of the course(s) from the record. A
student who officially withdraws from a course(s) between the 4th week and the end
of the 11th week of the semester (or its equivalent for shorter parts of term) will
receive a grade of “W”. If the student has not withdrawn by the end of the 11th week
or its equivalent, the student will receive the grade that they earned in the course.
Please refer to the Academic and/or the Credit Class Student Calendar for withdrawal
If a student feels he or she has an extenuating circumstance that justifies an exception
to the standard withdrawal policy, he or she may appeal to the Withdrawal Appeal Committee.
• The appeal process is limited to enrolled courses taken within the last three semesters
prior to the semester when the request is made. (Appeals for semesters beyond this
limit will not be reviewed.)
• All requests must be submitted in writing to the Withdrawal Appeal Committee and must
include supporting documentation (e.g. copies of registration form, drop/add forms,
medical verification) and the Withdrawal Appeal Form.
• Appeals received without the proper documentation and form will not be reviewed.
• Appeals must be made by the student. Appeals made “on behalf of” a student will not
• The Committee cannot change grades for completed courses. This can only be done by
the instructor of the course.
• Medical withdrawals are limited to all, not some, courses within a semester unless
it can be documented that the medical issue is directly related to the course being
• Appeals are limited to one per student.
Withdrawal procedures and add/drop refund dates are widely publicized. Therefore,
appeals based on lack of awareness of these issues will not be reviewed. The Committee’s
decisions are final.
Criteria for Appeals
• Death in the student’s immediate family (parent, sibling, offspring, spouse, grandparents).
• Unforeseen medical incapacitation of student or immediate family:
• Illness or injury of the student of such severity or duration that a competent medical
authority certified that completion of the course is/was precluded.
• Family circumstances of such severity that the student’s presence
is/was required away from school and precluded completion of the course.
• Involuntary call to Military Duty – orders must accompany appeal.
• Advising error by College employee (includes failure to meet course prerequisites
– documentation required)
The Withdrawal Appeal Committee does not, under any circumstances, take phone calls
or schedule appointments. All appeals must be submitted in writing.
Before requesting retroactive cancellation and/or tuition refund appeal, students
receiving financial aid should discuss the implication with a financial aid advisor
so a determination will be based on a clear understanding of the consequences of withdrawing
from courses. Retroactively canceling courses may result in being billed for financial
aid that has been disbursed based on your original enrollment.
Rematriculation After Dismissal
Students who are academically dismissed lose their matriculated status. They may appeal
the dismissal through the Office of the Dean of Student Services. If the appeal is
successful, the student is rematriculated and may resume full-time or part-time matriculated
If the dismissal is upheld, the student must meet one of three conditions in order
to rematriculate: 1) Participate in a student success workshop and work with an assigned
advisor/counselor; 2) Register for part-time studies for the next semester on a non-matriculated
basis. If the student receives grades of C or better in six credits or more, he/she
may then return to full-time or part-time matriculated study in the following semester;
or 3) Register on a non-matriculated basis or remain non-enrolled for two semesters.
The student may then reapply for full-time study (or part-time matriculated study)
without meeting special conditions.
Dismissed students who have met the conditions for rematriculation must apply for
rematriculation. Application for rematriculation should be initiated in the Office
of Admissions. In all cases, the conditions specified to be rematriculated must have
been satisfied or be in the process of being met at the time of application.
Students who are dismissed from either full- or part-time status and lose their matriculation
are not eligible for financial aid from either federal or New York state sources.
If a student’s dismissal is successfully appealed, her or his financial aid may still
be in jeopardy due to a lack of satisfactory academic progress.