A student who is considering a leave of absence or withdrawal is strongly recommended to meet with his or her advisor or the associate dean of undergraduate studies prior to applying for leave or withdrawal. Students should familiarize themselves with refund deadlines and financial liability for tuition and fees, and college housing.

*Semester Withdrawal

After the add/drop period has ended and before week 10 students can withdraw and receive a "W" in their courses. Students should meet with the assistant dean for student development and submit a Semester Withdrawal form. Students who are unable to return the following semester should submit a Leave of Absence or Official Withdrawal From the College form.

*Medical/Compassionate Withdrawal Policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate students are Goucher College who withdraw after the tenth week of the semester in extraordinary cases in which serious illness or injury (medical) or another significant personal situation (compassionate) prevents a student from continuing his or her classes and incompletes or other arrangements with the instructors are not possible. 

Detailed information about the medical and compassionate withdrawal process, as well as the requirements for returning to the college after such a withdrawal can be found in the college's Medical/Compassionate Leave Policy.  

*Involuntary Withdrawal for Medical Reasons

Students may be involuntarily withdrawn from classes, removed from residence halls, or required to meet conditions for continued enrollment as a result of a medical condition. Students should review Goucher's policy regarding Involuntary Withdrawal for Medical Reasons.

*Official Withdrawal from the College

An Official Withdrawal from the college removes the student from all academic programs. Students considering withdrawing from the college should review the withdrawal procedures. A student who has officially withdrawn from the college must be reinstated in order to return.

*Administrative Withdrawal from the College

Students who have not enrolled in courses, and have not submitted leave of absence paperwork by the end of the add period for a semester, will be withdrawn from the college. Students are limited to a total of two terms of leave of absence during the pursuit of their undergraduate degree at Goucher, and students who exceed this limit will also be withdrawn. Students who are administratively withdrawn from the college must be reinstated in order to return.

*Note that withdrawal for any reason may affect the student's academic record, tuition charges and financial aid. See Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy, Refund Policy, and Return of Federal Title IV Funds Policy.

Leave of Absence

Students in good academic and financial standing may request a leave of absence for either one or two semesters. They will receive registration information at the appropriate time in the semester preceding their return and are responsible for all deadlines.  Students are limited to a total of two semesters of leave of absence during the pursuit of their undergraduate degree at Goucher. Students do not need to be reinstated to return from a leave of absence. Students must complete a Leave of Absence form and follow leave of absence procedures.