Special Rules

Withdrawal or Graduation

Students shall not be granted a certificate of withdrawal or be recommended for a degree if they have not paid in full their financial obligations.

Late Registration and Absence

Neither late registration nor absence during the term shall entitle the student to a reduction in fees.

Leaves of Absence, Doctoral Program

A student who wishes a leave of absence must submit a written request to the Director of the DSW Program for approval. The grant of a leave of absence does not automatically change the time limit for degree completion.

Leave of Absence

Continuous registration as a graduate student is required unless a formal leave of absence is granted by the Director of the DSW Program. Doctoral candidates who desire a leave of absence must submit a written request to the DSW Program Director. A leave of absence may not exceed one year (two consecutive semesters). Decisions of the DSW Program Director regarding leaves of absence may be appealed to the Dean of the School of Social Policy and Practice.

Withdrawals

Students are considered to have withdrawn from the program when, in accordance with a written request prepared by them and accepted by the Director of the DSW Program, a request to terminate active status is granted. A student who has withdrawn may reapply for active status. If the application is accepted, previously completed work shall be evaluated, and the student will be expected to fulfill all requirements in effect for active students at the time of re-admission.

Terminations

Students will be terminated from “candidate” status for the doctoral degree if any of the following occur: (1) they do not meet the required course GPA; (2) they do not complete the dissertation requirements within 5 years of entrance into the program; or (3) they are  dropped from the Program for other reasons (such as plagiarism, unethical or criminal behavior).

In addition, students may terminate their connection with the Program by requesting such action on their own initiative, in writing, and their request is granted.

A student who has been terminated may apply for re-admission. The student must complete all application requirements. If re-admitted, previous work completed will be considered for credit, in light of course requirements at the time of the student’s re-admission and time since completion. Those applying five years after termination will have to retake all courses.

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