In the judgment of the dean of students, a student may be involuntarily withdrawn from the University for non-academic reasons when it is determined that the student has demonstrated behavior that:
- Poses a significant danger or threat of physical harm to self or to the person or property of others, or
- Interferes with the rights of other members of the University community or with the exercise of any proper activities or functions of the University or its personnel.
Except in situations where the student is believed to be an imminent threat to self or others, as determined at the sole discretion of the University, a student shall, upon request, be accorded an appropriate hearing according to the protocol established in Sec. 3.9.2. prior to the final decision concerning his/her continued enrollment at the University. In situations involving an imminent threat, the student will be provided the opportunity for a hearing as soon as possible after the non-academic withdrawal occurs.
The transcript of students who is subject to non-academic withdrawal from the University will show the following:
- Considering all sessions within the semester in which the non-academic withdrawal occurs, if the date of withdrawal from the University is prior to the close of business on the drop/add deadline for one or more courses in which the student is enrolled, then no such course will be listed on the student’s transcript.
- Considering all sessions within the semester in which the non-academic withdrawal occurs, if the date of withdrawal from the University is during the withdrawal period (see 6.16.3.) for one or more courses in which the student is enrolled, then the student will received the grade of “W” (withdrew) in all such courses.
- For all courses not covered by the above rules, instructors will assign a grade of either “W” or a “WF” (withdrew failing), depending on whether the student was passing the class or not at the time of the non-academic withdrawal. It should be noted that while the grade of “W” has no impact on a student’s grade-point average, the grade of “WF” impacts the student’s grade-point average in the same way as would the grade of “F” (failure). No credit is awarded for either the grade of “W” or “WF.”
A student who is the subject of a non-academic withdrawal is not permitted to return to Oglethorpe anymore that semester. The student may return to the University the following semester unless more time away is required. The student must re-apply to the University in order to return; please see the policy on readmission in Sec. 6.24.5.
Some of the financial and financial aid implications of being subjected to a non-academic withdrawal from the University are detailed in Sec. 5.17.