Students who wish to withdrawal from the university within the first 3 weeks of the semester may do so by completing the Non-Returning/Leave of Absence Notice through the Office of the Registrar:

Leaving JMU

Students who wish to withdrawal from the university after the first 3 weeks of the semester must submit a Withdrawal Request application to the Dean of Students office.  Application forms are available upon request in the Dean of Students office, Student Success Center, Suite 3010. This Withdrawal Request process is only appropriate for students who are seeking to withdrawal from all of their classes. Students who wish to withdraw from some but not all of their classes should refer to the University Catalog:

Withdrawal from the University

Students cannot request a withdrawal once the semester has ended. Once the semester has ended the process becomes a Grade Review Procedure and not a withdrawal procedure. The Grade Review Procedure can be found in the University Catalog:

Grade Review Procedure

The University Catalog describes withdrawal from the university as follows:

Withdrawal from the University

Students withdraw from the university when their enrollment is terminated before these students have completed the semester for which they registered. Students who decide to withdraw during the first three weeks of the semester must complete the Non-Returning/Leave of Absence Notice available at http://www.jmu.edu/registrar/forms.shtml and submit it to the Office of the Registrar. Students desiring to withdraw after the third week of the semester must contact the Dean of Students office at (540) 568-6468 to schedule an appointment.

The Dean of Students office must approve withdrawal requests after the first 3 weeks of the semester, set the official withdrawal date and notify other university offices of the withdrawal. Strict compliance with this requirement is mandatory. Students who withdraw without receiving official approval will receive a grade of "F" for all courses in which they are enrolled.

Students who withdraw with official approval will receive grades based upon the following criteria:

  • Students who withdraw from the university before the end of the course adjustment period will receive a grade of "W" in all their courses.
  • Students who withdraw from the university for physical or mental health reasons will receive a grade of "W" in all courses and will receive a prorated refund for tuition and fees. A letter from their appropriate health care provider must support a medical withdrawal. Re-entry to the university is contingent on receipt of the Re-entry form from their appropriate health care provider, and this Re-entry form must clearly indicate that the student is able to attend classes. Students who receive a mental health withdrawal must also be absent from the university for a period of at least 90 days. Supporting documentation for the student's return to the university must be received no more than 30 days and at least 2 weeks before the return date. Students must have been in counseling to be eligible for a mental health withdrawal.
  • Students who withdraw from the university because of documented extenuating circumstances after the end of the course adjustment period will receive a grade of "W" in all their courses.
  • Students who withdraw from the university after the end of the course adjustment period, and who do not have documented extenuating circumstances that justify their withdrawal, will receive a grade of "W" in courses they are passing at the time of the withdrawal and a grade of "F" in courses they are failing at the time of withdrawal. These students will not receive a tuition or housing refund. Individual faculty members determine whether or not a student is passing a course.

Certain nondegree-seeking special students enrolled in an on- or off-campus course must also withdraw from the university by securing a Withdrawal Application form from the Dean of Students office. This form must be completed and returned to the Dean of Students office, which will process the official withdrawal. Any adjustment in charges will be calculated from the last date of attendance.

No adjustment in charges will be made unless the withdrawal form is received by the Dean of Students office within 30 days after the student leaves the campus or does not attend classes.

Adjustments will not include nonrefundable fees or charges. See "Financial Aid, Scholarships and Student Employment" and "Tuition and Fees" for further information on refunds.

2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

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