Petition for Late Withdrawal

After the deadline to withdraw voluntarily from courses, students may petition for a late withdrawal if documented circumstances beyond their control prevent completing a course. The student must submit completed petitions to the Registrar’s Office prior to the last day of classes. Petitions must include a thorough explanation of the student’s circumstances and supporting documentation, in addition to information from the instructor, advisor, and Dean of Students.

Requests will be considered in three situations:

  1. If no graded work was received by the student prior to the voluntary withdrawal deadline. In this case, the student must submit a petition for late withdrawal within seven days of the time when graded work was first made available by the instructor.
  2. If circumstances beyond a student’s control prevents completion of a course. In this case, the student must submit the petition for late withdrawal before the last day of classes. If the circumstance beyond the student’s control is a documented disability, late withdrawal petitions are reviewed and processed through Disabilities Support Services at the Dean of Students Office, rather than by the Academic Standards Committee.
  3. If serious illness or emergency (a) prevents a student from filing a petition before the last day of classes or (b) occurs after classes have ended. In this case, the student must submit a petition for late withdrawal no later than one month into the next semester.

Students are responsible for completing all elements of the petition including forms, signatures, and documentation, and for returning completed petitions to the Registrar’s Office. Petitions will not be considered without appropriate supporting documentation. Forms are available from the Registrar’s Office and on the Registrar’s website.

If the petition for late withdrawal is approved, the grade of W will be recorded on the student’s transcript. A grade of W does not indicate whether or not a student was in good standing in the course at the time of the late withdrawal. Students are required to comply with the terms specified in their late withdrawal decision letters in order to return to CMC for the subsequent semester.

If you have any questions, please contact registrar@cmc.edu.

Full late withdrawal policy