Students may request an emergency withdrawal when a nonacademic emergency situation occurs that prevents them from completing their coursework (e.g. severe medical problems, traumatic events) and when the timing or nature of the emergency prevents them from voluntarily withdrawing from their classes. Please read below for further details or view the complete Emergency Withdrawal Policy. Application forms are available in the Dean of Students office.
Prior to seeking an emergency withdrawal, students are encouraged to read the section 1332.40 of the Undergraduate Catalog and section 1314.10 of the Graduate Catalog to see if a voluntary withdrawal from courses is more appropriate in their situation. As part of the emergency withdrawal process, the Dean of Students office, the Emergency Withdrawal Committee and the Emergency Withdrawal Appeals and Petitions Committee will consider if the student had the ability to voluntarily withdraw from courses prior to the semester midpoint.
Emergency withdrawals are subject to the following restrictions:
- Students must initiate an application for an emergency withdrawal no later than two academic years after the semester in which the courses were taken.
- Students may request an emergency withdrawal in a maximum of two semesters of their enrollment at Georgia State University.
- Students may not request an emergency withdrawal after degree conferral.
Decisions regarding emergency withdrawal requests within the same semester of enrollment and prior to the start of the subsequent term are made by the Dean of Students office on a rolling basis. A representative of the Dean of Students office will meet with students requesting a same semester emergency withdrawal. The meeting provides an opportunity for the student to explain their nonacademic emergency and receive immediate assistance and advisement if necessary. Please contact the Dean of Students office to schedule a meeting. View the complete Emergency Withdrawal Policy for more information.
Withdrawing from a Semester within Two Years
Decisions regarding hardship withdrawals requested within two academic years after the semester in which the courses were taken shall be made by an Emergency Withdrawal Committee. The Emergency Withdrawal Committee meets once a month. To have their case reviewed in a particular month, students must submit their information on or before the first Friday of the month. Application forms are available in the Dean of Students office. View the complete Emergency Withdrawal Policy for more information.
Emergency Withdrawal Appeals
Appeals of the decision of the Dean of Students office or the Emergency Withdrawal Committee are considered by the Emergency Withdrawal Appeals and Petition Committee. Students must submit their appeal within 90 business days of the original decision.
Appeals of the decision of the Emergency Withdrawal Appeals and Petition Committee are considered by the provost. Students must submit their appeal within 10 business days of the original decision.
Petitions of the Emergency Withdrawal Policy restrictions are reviewed by the Emergency Withdrawal Appeals and Petitions Committee. Petition forms are available in the Dean of Students office.
View the complete Emergency Withdrawal Policy for more information.
If the Emergency Withdrawal Appeals and Petitions Committee is considering granting a waiver to one or more of the Emergency Withdrawal Policy restriction(s), the instructor of the course(s) in question shall be contacted by the dean of students in advance of the committee’s meeting and offered the opportunity to provide a letter to the committee stating anything the instructor feels is relevant to the case.
Emergency Withdrawal Grades
If a student is granted an emergency withdrawal, W grades will be automatically awarded. Grades of W as a result of the emergency withdrawal process do not count against a student’s voluntary withdrawal limit. Appeals of the automatic award of a W grade may be initiated by either the faculty or the student involved in the case and will be considered by the provost.
Student Financial Services
Students requesting an emergency withdrawal should consult with Student Financial Aid to identify the impact that a withdrawal will have on their student account.
Typically, students are notified within 15 business days of the decision regarding their case. The Dean of Students office notifies the Registrar within 15 business days of the decision regarding a student’s case. If a request for emergency withdrawal has been approved, the student can anticipate their record to reflect emergency withdrawal within 15 business days of the Registrar’s notification.
- Consider personal responsibilities and course demands when registering for classes each semester in order to set a balanced and manageable schedule.
- Familiarize themselves with course syllabi in order to have a clear understanding of instructor and course expectations.
- Get in the habit of communicating with professors. Any difficulties in class or challenges outside of the classroom may be resolved or addressed by talking with instructors about how to improve classroom performance.
- Develop support systems with classmates.
- Be resourceful and seek assistance when needed (e.g., Counseling and Testing Center, Academic Advisement, Student Success Programs and Black Student Achievement).
- Meet with instructors in all courses during the mid-point week of the semester to assess academic standing and make adjustments accordingly.
- Confer with instructors about receiving a grade of incomplete if the majority of course requirements have been completed and something unexpected happens. For more information regarding the Georgia State University grading system, please see section 1350 of the Undergraduate Catalog and section 1328 of the Graduate Catalog.