Ask Meaghan: Withdrawing with Cause

My name is Meaghan and I’m the Student Advocacy Resource Coordinator with the Students’ Association of Mount Royal University. I have so much to tell you about self-advocacy!! Through this bi-weekly series, #AskMeaghan, my goal is to answer any questions you may have about this crazy-little-thing-called-UNIVERSITY ♫ (see this video to sing along).

Question:

The date to withdraw from my classes has already passed. Is there anything else I can do?

First off, I hope your midterms went well and that you don’t have any professors like Ross Geller and Ted Mosby marking your papers.

The date to withdraw has, indeed, passed. However, if you feel like you “Shall Not PASS!” (cue Gandalf’s voice), then you may want to look into whether or not you qualify to withdraw with cause (WC) from your course(s). There are a few things you should know about this process.

First off, the form is FREE!!! The Withdrawal Form is located at the Registrar’s Office (angled hallway, east of Starbucks). You don’t have to wait in line to get the form. There is a wall shelf containing a bunch of different forms. You can skip the line and pick up the one that says “WITHDRAWAL” in the top right corner. This will get you back to your Instagram sooner. #amirite

There is a small box on the form where you can describe your circumstances for requesting a WC. In this section some students choose to write, “please see attached,” and attach a written narrative to their submission. In this narrative, it is important to explain what prevented you from missing the withdrawal deadline on November 16, 2018. If you do not include this, your request to WC may not be granted.

A part of this form requires you to submit a medical letter from a physician or mental health professional to support the reasons behind you withdrawing from the course(s). Don’t have a family doctor? No worries, Wellness Services has got you covered for a cost of $25. This letter is a CRUCIAL piece of the application so make sure it’s clear and detailed before walking out of your doctor’s office! Before requesting the letter, you can consult with myself, Meaghan, or the WC FAQ cheat sheet to ensure you’re fulfilling all the requirements.

You have until the last day of classes (December 10, 2018) to submit this form, along with your medical letter, back to the Registrar’s Office. You will not receive a refund for WC – that ship sailed around the same time as Prince Harry’s birthday (which is in September for anyone not dialled into the royal happenings).

If you have more questions that were not answered here, check out our extended Q&A about WC here or make an appointment with the Student Advocacy Resource Centre to discuss this option further. We are here to help you get through the hurdles of academia.

How to submit your questions:

Get involved today and #AskMeaghan to discover how you can become a #SAMRUselfadvocacy champion! Submit your questions by using the #AskMeaghan hashtag on social media or email me directly at m.paturel@samru.ca. I’m in the Student Advocacy Resource Centre (Z303) in Wyckham House from Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm but feel free to pop by during drop-in hours from 12 to 2 pm on weekdays. The Student Advocacy Resource admins or myself would be happy to help you!

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