Special Rules

Failure to Pay

All University bills for tuition and fees are due before or during the registration period each term, as specified. The University reserves the right to withhold registration material, transcripts, and all other information regarding the record of any student who is in arrears in the payment of tuition, fees, or other charges, including student loans, and to exclude such a student from classes and examinations. The student will be held accountable for all absences resulting from the operation of this rule. For continued delinquency in the payment of debts to the University, the student may be permanently dropped from the University. The enforcement of this penalty shall not relieve the student from the obligation to pay outstanding fees and charges, including those for the term to which the penalty applies.

Withdrawal or Graduation

No one shall be granted a certificate of withdrawal or be recommended for a degree who has not paid in full all his or her financial obligations.

Refund of Tuition

A student who withdraws (or who is requested to withdraw for failure to maintain a satisfactory scholastic standard) or who is granted a leave of absence from a full-time division of the University during either term of the academic year will be eligible for a refund of tuition general fee in accordance with the conditions set forth below. The effective date of separation from the University is the date on which the student files a request for withdrawal or leave of absence in the Office of the Dean. The amount of refund allowable is as follows:

Separation occurring within:
The first two weeks of class……75%
Third and fourth weeks of class….50%
Weeks thereafter………………………0%

A student who is required to withdraw because of violation of University regulation shall receive no refund by reason of such a withdrawal.

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

A student is considered to have withdrawn from the program when, in accordance with a written request prepared by her/him and accepted by the Director of the DSW Program, a request to terminate active status is granted. A student who has withdrawn may re-apply 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

A student will be terminated from being a “candidate” for the doctoral degree if any of the following occur: (1) he or she does not meet the required course GPA; (2) he or she fails the preliminary examination and the one time make-up opportunity; (3) he or she does not complete the dissertation requirements within 5 years of entrance into the program; or (4) he or she is dropped from the Program for other reasons (such as plagiarism, unethical behavior or criminal behavior).

In addition, the student may terminate her/his connection with the Program by requesting such action on her/his own initiative, in writing, and her/his 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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