Leaves and Withdrawal
Things to consider prior to taking a leave or withdrawing from the college:
Any student who is considering or planning a leave or withdrawal should read the following information closely and may want to consider seeking advice from an advisor, assistant dean, or other college employee before applying for the leave or withdrawal.
Students requesting a leave or withdrawal should also be aware of the refund deadlines for financial liability of the cost of tuition, fees, meals, and housing. Students who are not registered and do not complete the paperwork to request a leave or withdrawal will be administratively withdrawn from the college. A student who is administratively withdrawn will need to apply for readmission to return as a degree-seeking student.
Official withdrawal removes a student from any academic program and cancels the student’s matriculated status. Students who do not plan to return to the college must complete the Request for Personal Leave of Absence or Official Withdrawal form. Should you wish to return to the college as a degree-seeking student, you will need to apply for readmission through the Office of the Registrar. Academic dismissal or disciplinary suspension or dismissal will supersede any withdrawal.
The withdrawal is effective on the date that the completed, signed form is received at the Office of Enrollment Services. This effective date is used for calculating billing and refunds, and for assessing financial liability.
Students who request an official withdrawal during the semester but before the ninth week of the semester will be assigned nonpunitive withdrawal grades. Official withdrawals after the ninth week but before the semester ends will be assigned grades as earned.
Personal Leave of Absence
Occasionally, students may need to take off a semester or two because of personal circumstances, such as financial issues, family issues, employment opportunities, travel, or simply to take a break from their academic plans. An approved leave of absence maintains a student’s matriculated status during the leave period. Students who have been granted a leave are not required to apply for readmission to register for their return semester. Leaves are generally granted for up to two semesters; however, students may request a third semester if needed. To request a personal leave, complete the Request for Personal Leave of Absence or Official Withdrawal form. Campus housing is limited and is not guaranteed for students returning from leaves of absence; contact the Office of Community Engagement at (914) 251-6320 for specific information related to on campus housing. Academic dismissal or disciplinary suspension or dismissal will supersede any withdrawal.
The personal leave is effective the date the completed, signed form is received at the Office of the Registrar. This effective date is used for calculating billing and refunds, and for assessing financial liability.
Students who request a leave before the ninth week of the semester are assigned nonpunitive withdrawal grades. Personal leaves are not granted after the ninth week for the current semester.
If you do not return from your personal leave, you will be administratively withdrawn from the college and must submit a completed application for readmission to return to the college as a degree-seeking student.
Medical Leave of Absence
A medical leave may be taken for issues of a medical nature (i.e., injury, illness, substance-related issues, mental health issues). A student on an approved medical leave of absence is away from the campus and classes for the remainder of the semester and cannot return until a re-entry assessment has been approved by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. Students on a medical leave receive nonpunitive withdrawal grades regardless of the point in the semester that the leave is granted. The standard refund and financial liability policy applies in cases of medical leave.
To request a medical leave, students must submit documentation to support a medical leave to the Counseling Center or Health Services (depending on the nature of the medical condition). Additional information on applying for medical leave can be found on the Student Affairs website or by contacting the Office of Student Affairs at (914) 251-6030 or SAF@purchase.edu.
Academic Leave of Absence
An academic leave may be taken for issues of an academic nature (i.e., taking courses at another institution). An academic leave maintains your student status while you are away from Purchase College. Students must complete the Pre-approval to Transfer Credits form to be considered for study off-campus and to receive transfer credit upon return. When appropriate, students will be placed on an academic leave following submission of the Pre-approval to Transfer Credits form.
To return from an academic leave of absence, you only need to register for courses in your approved return semester and, if needed, apply for on-campus housing. Contact the Office of Community Engagement at (914) 251-6320 for information related to campus housing upon your return to Purchase.
If you do not return from your academic leave for your approved return semester, you will be administratively withdrawn from the college and must complete an application for readmission to return to the college as a degree-seeking student.
Degree-seeking students who have not attended courses and have failed to request an official leave of absence will be administratively withdrawn by the college and must apply for readmission through the Office of the Registrar to continue studies toward a degree. The effective date of the withdrawal is defined as the last known date of attendance, which may negatively impact a student’s financial aid and/or tuition bill. The last known date of attendance is identified by:
- If the student attends any part of the term: the date of receipt of final course withdrawal, or last date of attendance as identified by instructors. If the date cannot be determined, the mid-point of the term (first day of the eighth week) will be used.
- If the student does not register for a term: the last day of the last term attended.