Sept. 15, 2011 | WMU News
A previous option of appealing to an instructor for approval to withdraw is no longer available. The change was announced earlier this year and took effect in May.
Following the period for student-initiated withdrawal, all requests to withdraw must be made to and approved by the Hardship Panel, says University Ombuds Kathy Mitchell.
Students are strongly encouraged to consult with the University Ombuds before initiating a hardship-based withdrawal appeal.
A student may withdraw online through GoWMU from one or more courses without academic penalty from the end of open registration until the last date to withdraw listed on the academic calendar for each session. No documentation is required to withdraw, but students are encouraged to consult with instructors, academic advisors and financial aid, if applicable.
For fall semester 2011, the final day for student-initiated withdrawal is Nov. 7.
Once the last day for student-initiated withdrawal has passed, requests to withdraw must be submitted with documentation to the Hardship Panel, and all decisions of the panel are final. Qualifying as hardships for consideration by the panel are: physical or mental illness; serious injury to the student or a close family member; death of a close family member; an act of violence; and other serious circumstances mostly or wholly beyond the student's control.
Students are strongly encouraged to consult with the University Ombuds before initiating a hardship-based withdrawal appeal. International students also are encouraged to consult with staff in the Office of International Admissions and Services.
More details and examples are available on the Registrar's Office website at wmich.edu/registrar/records/withdraw.