Leave of Absence/Withdrawal/Exit Policy
If a student chooses to take a semester off from school, he/she may petition for a Leave of Absence. The student must be in good standing both academically and judicially to petition. The petition must be completed and turned into the Registrar’s Office BEFORE the first day of the semester for which the student wishes to take the leave. The petition must be submitted to the Dean’s Office of the student’s major (see link above).
Students on a leave of absence may NOT enroll in classes at another institution, including community colleges.
A Leave of Absence “holds your place” at the University. Your financial aid remains intact and you do not have to apply for readmission.
Withdrawing from Bradley University during a semester due to:
- Medical (including mental health) Reason
- Transferring to another school
- Taking a break/re-evaluating career decision
If a student needs to withdraw from all classes during a semester or does not plan to enroll for the next semester, he/she must meet with the Center for Student Support Services. The Center for Student Support Services can assist students wishing to explore academic options other than a complete withdrawal. If a feasible solution cannot be found, the appropriate paperwork for withdrawal will be initiated through the Center for Student Support Services in 101-103 Sisson Hall. A checklist of withdrawal items will be discussed. These include housing, financial assistance, billing, academic recording, and book return.
A student may drop a class at any time online using Webster computer system prior to the last day to drop classes. Check the Academic Calendar for specific drop dates.
If an Undergraduate student desires to drop all his/her classes for the semester after the third week of the semester until the 12th week of the semester, he/she must meet with the Center for Student Support Services, to receive an honorable withdrawal. However, after the 12th week, the Dean (or designee) of the student’s college must also review and approve the withdrawal request.
Graduate students may withdraw at any time between the third and twelfth week of classes for any circumstances through the Webster system.
The withdrawal date (which is critical for the billing of the semester tuition) will be dated the day in which the student agrees and signs the withdrawal request form (except in the case of hospitalization).
In cases of medical withdraw, a student who has a medical condition that will prevent him/her from completing the requirements of all classes, must provide documentation from the Bradley University Health Center stating the reason the student is unable to complete the semester’s coursework.
When a student withdraws, he/she must be prepared to move their personal belongings out of the residence halls (if occupied), his/her QuickCard will become inactive immediately, and the student will no longer be able to participate in Bradley University activities.
For specific impact that dropping a class or withdrawing from the semester will have on his/her financial assistance, the student must consult with the Financial Aid Office in Swords Hall.
An appointment can be made by calling (309) 677-3658 or going to Sisson Hall room 101-103.
Exit Interview when not returning to Bradley University for the next semester:
During the semester, if a student decides to transfer to another school, he/she should contact the Center for Student Support Services. An exit interview will be conducted either in person or via telephone by calling (309) 677-3658. The exit interview will only take a couple of minutes.
NOTE: A withdrawal or exit interview does NOT hold a student’s place at the University, nor their financial aid. You must reapply for both, if appropriate, in order to return. Students who withdraw or complete exit interviews, and plan to return to Bradley, MAY take classes at other institutions during this time.