The Catholic University of America

Academic Leave and Withdrawals

Academic Leaves, Term Withdrawals, and Permanent Withdrawal

Sometimes, graduate students in good standing at The Catholic University of America may find it necessary to take time away from their studies.

Because The Catholic University of America is a term-based credit-hour institution, it cannot offer a federally approved Leave of Absence (LOA) option. However, students may request to be place on Academic Leave for a future semester.

The full University Change of Enrollment Policy can be found in the Graduate Announcements, as well as on the University Policies website. A complete listing of the Academic Leave, Term Withdrawal, and Permanent Withdrawal options can also be found on this website in our General Information, Policies and Guidelines, and Graduate Studies FAQ sections.

However, graduate students may find the table below helpful in deciding which of the three interruption of studies options best suit their individual needs.

The Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies strongly suggests to students contemplating interrupting their studies that they discuss these options with their adviser, department chair (where applicable), and school dean BEFORE submitting a leave or withdrawal request.

Withdrawals from individual classes are done through Cardinal Station in the normal manner. This site is meant only for withdrawals from all classes in a given semester, or withdrawal from the University completely.

 
ACADEMIC LEAVE
TERM WITHDRAWAL
PERMANENT WITHDRAWAL
 
 
When can this happen?
 
 
Before you have enrolled in classes for the semester, and until the last date to enroll in any class offered for the semester.
 
 
After you have enrolled and wthdrawn from classes for the semester, and up until the last date to withdraw from regular session classes with a "W" as posted on the University Academic Calendar.
 
At any time that a student decides to end studies at The Catholic University of America, or does not enroll in The University for a given semester and does not inform The University of their intention to leave on a temporary or permanent basis.
 
 
How long is the leave?
 
 
Usually not more than two (2) semesters.
 
 
One (1) semester
 
 
Permanent
 
 
 
 
What appears on my academic transcript?
 
 
Nothing.
 
The Academic Leave is not counted towards the time allowed for the completion of residence or other degree requirements.
 
If you withdraw during the Registration Drop/Add Period, no notation will appear on your transcript.
 
If you withdraw after end of the Registration Drop/Add Period, you will receive a grade of “W” in every class in which you were enrolled. This grade will appear on your transcript.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Students who withdraw during a semester will receive a “W” grade in each class in which they were registered. 
 
 
 How do I return?
 
Register for courses as usual at the end of the leave period.
 
 
Register for courses as usual at the beginning of the next semester.
 
If you have withdrawn from The University and subsequently decide to return to CUA, you must submit an application for re-admission to the Office of Admissions.
 
 
 
 
What happens if I do not return?
 
 
 
 You are subject to Permanent Withdrawal from the University.
 
If the separation is expected to go beyond the start of the next semester, you must apply for an Academic Leave.
 
If you do not apply for an Academic Leave, you are subject to Permanent Withdrawal from the University.
 
 
 
 
 
You would need to apply for readmission and satisfy current degree requirements before reinstatement.

After reviewing which option best fits your particular situation, you can apply for the appropriate Academic Leave or Withdrawal by completing the Academic Leave/Withdrawal Online Request Form.

Withdrawals from individual classes are done through Cardinal Station in the normal manner. This site is meant only for withdrawals from all classes in a given semester, or withdrawal from the University completely.

PLEASE NOTE: As required by Federal law and United States Department of Education guidelines, CUA must notify the National Student Clearinghouse of all students who fail to maintain continuous enrollment and list them as “not enrolled,” with an effective date of the day immediately after the conclusion of The University’s Registration Drop/Add Period. Recipients of Federal Student Loans will enter their loan grace period, and if they have previously used up their loan grace period, will immediately enter into loan repayment.