Withdrawal Policy/Leave of Absence

Howard University School of Law Student Handbook Rule 303 (excerpted here):

303.7 Leave of Absence

  1. A student who wants to take a leave of absence must request the leave from the Office of Academic Affairs.  The request for the leave must be made in writing and  must include an explanation of the reasons for the request.
  2. A leave of absence without the need to apply for readmission will be granted for no more than two semesters, excluding the summer semester.
  3. If a student intends to be absent from school for more than two semesters, the student must withdraw from the school and then apply for readmission in accordance with the rules for readmission.
  4. Once a student has been granted a one- or two-semester leave of absence, the student must complete  the University’s total withdrawal process.
  5. The student’s failure to complete this process can result in adverse financial consequences to the student.

303.8 Total Withdrawal from School

  1. A student who seeks to formally withdraw from school must comply with the rules of
    Howard University and of Howard University School of Law.
  2. See the process below for more information. Failure to comply with the procedures may preclude the student
    from being considered for readmission.

Students who find it necessary to withdraw from all their classes for the current semester or for a subsequent semester for which they have already registered must complete a Total Withdrawal Request Form. This form must be submitted by the end of the 12th week of classes for the semester
in which they wish to withdraw. The withdrawal form and instructions are available online. See the Office of Academic Affairs for more information.  

Students who are physically unable to complete the withdrawal in person, students who are administratively withdrawn, and students who have
special needs due to extenuating circumstances should contact the Office of Academic Affairs or Office of Student Affairs for assistance.

Students considering a total withdrawal should note the following: 

• The effective date of the withdrawal will be the date on which EM/Records 
receives the completed withdrawal request form.

• By registering for courses, students accept financial responsibility for payment for those courses and for any other charges incurred while they are enrolled.

• Financial aid may be adjusted or canceled as a result of withdrawal and may require repayment of loan funds. Adjustments to financial aid awards will be calculated according to University and Federal refund guidelines based on the official withdrawal date.  

• Once the withdrawal has been completed, students will receive a grade of “W” for each course.

• Students who reside in University housing are required to check out of their residence hall within 24 hours of completing the total withdrawal process.

• Completing a total withdrawal from the University requires that students surrender all University property, including, but not limited to library books, room keys, computer cards, and identification/access cards.

• Students who complete a total withdrawal from the University must apply for or request readmission to the University by published deadlines. The procedure for readmission depends on the length of the student’s absence from the University.

• Students should go to the Office of Academic Affairs or the Office of Student Affairs and/or review online to obtain a Total Withdrawal Request Form, and to discuss the reasons for and the implications of the withdrawal. Students who decide to continue with the withdrawal process should have the withdrawal form signed by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs; obtain readmission instructions, and then proceed as follows to the offices that correspond with their student status:

• Veterans, students with disabilities, and students who have judicial stipulations should report to the Office of Student Services.
More information can be found at https://studentaffairs.howard.edu/departments/office-student-services

• International students must report to the Office of International Student Services in Blackburn Center

• Students who reside in University housing must report to the Office of Residence Life

• Students who received any type of financial aid (including scholarships, grants, and loans) must report to the Office of Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Student Employment, Rm. 205 Administration Building to discuss the effect of withdrawal on their award(s) and potential financial aid over payment

• All students must report to the Office of Student Financial Services. Rm. 218, Administration Building to discuss the status of and adjustments to their account.

• All students must report to EM/Records, Rm. 104 Administration Building to submit the completed Total Withdrawal Request form and surrender their Capstone Card.

303.9 Readmission after a Total Withdrawal

See below for the process to seek readmission after a total withdrawal. Contact the Office of Academic Affairs if you need further information.