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Cornerstone Connect Withdrawal and Attendance Policies

Cornerstone Connect participants should be aware of the following policies and procedures.

Withdrawal Period and Refund Policy

While Cornerstone Connect is non-credit bearing, all policies pertaining to course are also applicable to this service. As such, students have the option to drop Cornerstone Connect with no financial penalty as long as this is done within the outlined Add/Drop period, which can be found via the Academic Calendar. Beyond that timeframe, withdrawal from Cornerstone Connect will result in a “W” on the student’s transcript, and the associated fees will be issued back in accordance with the College’s Refund Policy.

Attendance Policy

Due to the high demand of Cornerstone Connect, participant who are unresponsive and/or consistently failing to attend session with their Learning Specialist during the semester will be unofficially withdrawn from the service. An unofficial withdrawal is an internal process in which the student would not receive a “W” on their transcript, however, their 1:1 sessions with their Learning Specialist would be suspended for the remainder of the semester. In addition, no refund would be provided. Unofficially withdrawn students are still welcome to attend weekly group workshops and social events, but would have to re-apply if they were interested in enrolling in Cornerstone Connect for the following semester. 

Process for Consistently Missing Sessions and Unresponsiveness*

  • First missed session- Learning Specialist will reach out directly to the student via their Purchase College email.
  • Second consecutive missed session- Learning Specialist will flag student via the Starfish Alert system. 
  • Third consecutive missed session-Learning Specialist will reach out to the Office of Residential and Student Life (RSL) for a wellness check. (Residential students only, as needed). Learning Specialist will also send an email to the student via their Purchase College email, requesting a meeting with their Learning Specialist and either the Director or Assistant Director of ODR to discuss their enrollment. 
  • Fourth consecutive missed session- Student will be unofficially withdrawn from the service.

*If there is a pattern of attending periodically, but skipping sessions consistently, the Learning Specialist will schedule a meeting with the student and either the Director or Assistant Director of ODR to discuss their enrollment. If the student does not attend this meeting, they will be unofficially withdrawn from the service.