Absences, Drops and Withdrawals

One of life’s inevitabilities is the “unexpected” – whether it materializes in the form of sickness, disease, death of a loved one, divorce, separation of family, economic hardship, demands at the workplace, caring for others, etc. – it is a significant change in events that often forces you off the designated path of coursework at TWU. Responses vary from individual to individual, and can take the form of being absent from class, dropping a course, or possibly withdrawing from the University altogether. As much as faculty members would like to have you engaged in their classes, there are times when you need to look critically at what life has brought before you, and sometimes the call is to step back from TWU and regroup so that you can, perhaps, return to class with a sharper focus and determined intellect.

Information on Absences, Drops and Withdrawals

At a glance

ABSENCES

For any absences contact the faculty with supporting documentation for the absence.

  • REQUIRED MATERIALS: 
    • Documentation on Letterhead (for ex: doctor’s note) -OR-
    • Original Material from Source (for ex:  funeral, court, etc.)
  • SUBMIT TO:
    • Respective Faculty Member for Course of Absence

DROPS

A Drop (or Add) initiated by the student will have a $10 fee for each class change. University adjustments in sections/classes have no fee associated with changes.

  • REQUIRED MATERIALS: 
    • Requires Faculty Signature
    • Undergraduates will additionally need their advisors signature.
  • FORM:
  • SUBMIT TO:
    • Registrar’s Office Enrollment Services 1st floor

WITHDRAWALS

A request for Withdrawal can NOT be taken over the phone. It MUST be submitted in writing by the student making the request. Very strong, supportive medical documentation must accompany a Medical Withdrawal.

  • REQUIRED MATERIALS: 
    • Requires Faculty Signature plus Student Life Signature
    • Compelling medical documentation MUST be timely, detailed and noted on letterhead for Medical Withdrawals.
  • FORM:
  • SUBMIT TO:
    • Student Life
      Suite 2300
      713-794-2169 (FAX)
    • dunruh@twu.edu for scanned docs

Please NOTE: For individuals submitting Withdrawal Forms by fax or email, the Student Life Assistant Director can assist on this side of things to secure departmental signatures.