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​Leave of Absence, Medical Leave of Absence or College Withdrawal

Student Withdrawal Information

A student may seek to take time away from Rhode Island College for a specified period of time (taking off no more than three consecutive semesters). This is defined as a leave of absence or under certain extenuating circumstances, a medical leave of absence. A student may also determine to officially (i.e. permanenetly) withdraw from Rhode Island College. While student experiences vary, it is important to note the potential impact that a withdrawal may have on a student such as, but not limited to: financial aid, housing, health insurance, meal plans, veteran benefits, visa status, campus services, athletic status, and/or academic implications. All students are encouraged to meet with the appropriate campus representative to determine how such changes may impact you specifically. Should you require assistance, please contact the Office of Student Life at 401-456-8061 or via email at deanofstudents@ric.edu.

Timeframes to request a withdrawal (i.e. drop from all classes):

*This information pertains to undergraduate students only*

  • Drop from all classes during the add/drop period
  • Drop from all classes after the last drop date and until the last day of classes
    • Without permission (for withdrawals up to and including the last day to withdraw)
    • With permission (for withdrawals after the last day to withdraw from all courses through the last day of classes) – must have approval from Office of Student Life and Academic Dean
  • Drop from all classes after the last day of class (must go through academic standing)

Leave of Absence, Medical Leave of Absence, or College Withdrawal Request (Undergraduate Students)

Undergraduate students who plan to leave RIC temporarily (taking no more than three consecutive semesters) or permanently should complete a withdrawal form with the Office of Student Life. Please be aware that withdrawing from all courses may impact a student status in various ways. To learn more, view this document​.

*Requests submitted after the last day to withdraw from all courses through the last day of classes must have approval from the Office of Student Life and the Academic Dean *

Please contact 401-456-8061 or deanofstudents@ric.edu​ if you have further concerns or questions.​

Undergraduate Request for College Withdrawal Leave of Absence (Plan to Return to RIC) - Click Here​. A representative from the Office of Student Life reaches out to students taking a leave to provide support for the return process.

Undergraduate Request for College Withdrawal Official (Do not plan to return) - Click Here.

Leave of Absence Request (Graduate Students Only)

Graduate students requesting a leave of absence will need to first contact their advisor or program director. Final approval shall be determined by the appropriate Academic Dean.

To initiate the process please complete the form – available HERE. This form should be submitted to the appropriate advisor or program director followed by the Academic Dean. Please contact graduatestudies@ric.edu​ only if you have further concerns or questions.​​​​​​

Page last updated: October 22, 2019