Withdrawal: Voluntary

Policy

You may choose to withdraw from Duke for health or financial issues, for transfer to another college, or for personal reasons.  Withdrawal is done through your academic dean.  Once withdrawn, you may ask to return later, but with restrictions.  You may not apply for readmission for the subsequent semester.  If you have enrolled at another institution while withdrawn, you are subject to the restrictions on allowable transfer credit (e.g., the maximum number of institutional transfer credits is 2.0 credits).  And if you have withdrawn in order to transfer to another college, you are not eligible to apply for readmission if your time away from Duke has exceeded two semesters from your withdrawal date. 

Procedure

To withdraw, you must give notification in writing to your academic dean.  If withdrawing before the beginning of classes in any term, your academic dean will close your student record, delete any future enrollments and notify all appropriate offices.  If you withdraw while a semester is in progress, your dean will assign a W in lieu of a final grade for each course as long as you withdraw between the first day of class and the first day of the last four weeks of class in a fall or spring term (or before the last two weeks of classes in a summer term).  After these dates, an F grade will be assigned for each course unless the withdrawal is caused by an emergency beyond your control.  In this case, your academic dean may assign a W instead.  You will also be responsible for tuition and fees.  You may not withdraw in a semester once the last day of classes has passed.

Questions about withdrawing should be directed to your academic dean.  Questions about financial obligations should be directed to the Bursar's Office.  For information on tuition, fees and refunds, see Tuition Refund Policies.  If you are on financial aid and having difficulty with finances, contact Financial Aid.  If you withdraw and have student loans, you must be in touch with the Student Loan Office to complete a Student Loan Exit Interview and to receive information on how to manage any loan payments that may become due while you are not enrolled.  For information on returning from a voluntary withdrawal, see the Office of Student Returns.

Note that if you are withdrawn from Duke, you are no longer an active student, are not eligible for benefits afforded to active Duke undergraduates, and are not permitted to be on campus.  For more details, see General Policies/Expectations While Away on the Office of Student Returns website.

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