Withdrawal From University
Hardship Withdrawal Policy
Hardship Withdrawal Process
Students matriculating at the University will be limited to a maximum of 16 semester hours of course withdrawal (drops) during the completion of their undergraduate degrees.
Students who find it necessary to withdraw from Albany State University must secure and complete withdrawal forms from the Office of Academic Services and Registrar and have them signed by the Vice-President for Student Affairs, the Vice-President for Fiscal Affairs, the Director of Financial Aid. The student is responsible for submitting one copy of the properly signed form to each of the above listed offices and for retaining a copy of the form for personal records. The Office of Academic Services and Registrar notifies instructors of a student's official withdrawal after the University has received a properly signed form. Students entitled to a fee refund will receive a check from the Office of Fiscal Affairs.
For official withdrawals, the date you withdraw from classes is the date of record for Return of Title IV Funds calculations, unless your intent to withdraw on an alternate date is documented. If you are not going to continue to attend school, you will need to complete an official withdrawal through the Registrar's Office as soon as you decide to leave.
In the case of an unofficial withdrawal where the student did not complete the semester, and took no action to officially withdraw from the university through the Registrar's Office; the university will determine the withdrawal date.
Federal Regulations mandate that Albany State University must calculate earned and unearned portions of financial aid if necessary and return those funds to the student or the Department of Education whether the student "Officially" withdrew or "Unofficially" withdrew from the University.
Students may be granted hardship withdrawals when non-academic emergency situations occur which prevent them from completing their coursework (e.g., severe medical problems, traumatic events and/or circumstances beyond their control that cause them to miss numerous classes). The hardship withdrawal should be requested prior to the end of the semester in which the hardship occurred. Hardship withdrawals are subject to the following restrictions:
Students withdrawing from classes should be aware that a reduction in their course load may negatively impact other aspects of their academic life. Students considering withdrawals should contact these offices to discuss any potential impact:
Hardship withdrawals may be granted to students who experience non-academic emergencies which interfere with or prevent the completion of their coursework. Typically, hardships (non-academic emergencies) tend to fall into one of three categories: medical, personal, and financial. The majority of hardship requests which are approved are medical in nature. The Albany State University (ASU) Academic Services and Registrar's Office (Registrar's Office) will only grant hardship withdrawals that have been fully documented and verified. The hardship withdrawal process is not the appropriate venue to resolve or petition academic matters (e.g. grade challenges). Nor is the hardship withdrawal process an alternative means to drop classes after the mid-point, to remove unwanted grades, or attempt to prevent expected academic/financial aid actions (warning, probation, exclusion, etc.). Hardship withdrawals will be strictly enforced as a means to address extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the student.
PERSONAL STATEMENT OF HARDSHIP:
In addition to completing a hardship withdrawal form, the student must prepare a typed personal statement of hardship that is signed and dated by the student. The statement of hardship is a narrative, in the student's personal voice, to explain and convey the non-academic emergency to the ASU Registrar's Office. It is essential that accurate details are given about the circumstances surrounding the hardship, including date(s) of the emergency, and an account of how the situation specifically prevented the completion of the coursework. In addition, official documentation must be provided that supports and is consistent with the statement of hardship.
HARDSHIP WITHDRAWAL DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS:
Medical (e.g., physical or psychological emergencies):
Type-written correspondence on office letterhead from a physician, psychologist, psychiatrist, or any licensed healthcare professional should be submitted as part of your documentation. The letter should include the dates during which medical/therapeutic care was provided, a statement of how the illness/condition interfered with the completion of the coursework, and the name/title/phone number of the office representative who can verify the authenticity of the letter. Notes on prescription pads, appointment slips, and/or medical consultation forms are not acceptable in lieu of a doctor's letter.
PERSONAL (e.g., death in the family, family crisis, etc.):
All family emergencies require official and/or notarized forms, documents, or correspondence from a state agency, governmental entity, or reputable business. A family crisis must be one caused by a catastrophic event, i.e., natural disaster, etc. Death of an immediate family member (parent, sibling, spouse, child and/or legal guardian) requires a death certificate and/or obituary with the name/date of the publication and documentation of the relationship between the student and the deceased.
FINANCIAL (e.g., loss of sole-supporting job, head of household challenges, mandatory job changes):
Financial emergencies require the student's employer or supervisor to document the mandatory change(s), the date of the change, and the organizational representative who can verify the circumstances of the job change, preferably a human resource professional.
HARDSHIP WITHDRAWAL PROCESS:
All hardship withdrawal requests are submitted to the ASU Registrar's Office. It is the responsibility of the student to initiate and follow through with all steps in the withdrawal procedure. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Students should use the following checklist to ensure that their application is complete:
Checklist for Hardship Withdrawal Application:
__ Application for Hardship Status
__ Personal Statement of Hardship
__ Official Supporting Documentation
The ASU Registrar is not authorized to grant exceptions to the policy. The review panel will consist of no more than five members, including the Registrar, who shall serve as the Chair, and who shall appoint a Dean, a Departmental Chair, a faculty member and a staff member from Academic Affairs. When deemed appropriate, the review panel may invite campus professionals who are qualified to speak on the issues for which the withdrawal is sought (i.e., financial, medical, etc.) to provide additional information. The Hardship Withdrawal Review Panel will maintain strict confidentiality regarding the hardship request. A unanimous decision by the panel is needed to grant a hardship withdrawal. Denial of the hardship withdrawal by the review panel is subject to review by the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and ultimately the University President.