Student Leaves and Withdrawals

Short-term leaves from campus

Students leaving campus due to health reasons should contact the Health Center. The Health Center will then notify professors and other need-to-know offices.

Students leaving campus due to the death of a family member or friend or for other reasons should contact the Dean of Students Office. The Dean of Students Office will then notify professors and other need-to-know offices. Please note that in accordance with Allegheny College’s Class Attendance Policy, “students are permitted to be absent from class only with the approval of the instructor.” Therefore, the student should also contact the faculty member directly for a formal excuse and to make up any missed work. Students may be required to show proof of illness, death of a family member or friend, etc.

Several offices may be of assistance if there is a death in the family. The College chaplain is available at (814) 332-2800; students may also want to talk with a counselor.

Leaves of absence

Students may apply to the Dean of Students Office for a Leave of Absence when personal circumstances make a temporary absence advisable and a commitment to return to the College is evident. The length of the leave is determined by the student’s needs, but normally will not exceed one calendar year. Students may take leaves from the College without grade penalty up until the last day of classes. Depending on the circumstances, a leave may be arranged during or between semesters. However, students on a leave may return only at the beginning of an academic semester. Students taking a Leave of Absence are expected to leave campus within 48 hours. Students considering a Leave of Absence must consult their advisor and others, as appropriate, about the effect it will have on progress toward a degree, financial aid, and billing.

Tuition and board refunds for leave of absence are governed by the provisions set forth by the Student Accounts Office and are published in the College Catalogue.

Withdrawal from the College

Students desiring to withdraw from Allegheny must complete the withdrawal form available from the Dean of Students Office. In order to receive a deposit refund, students must withdraw according to the following deadlines: July 1 for fall semester and by one week prior to the first official day of classes for the spring semester.

Students may withdraw from the College without grade penalty up until the last day of classes. Students who withdraw from the College are expected to leave the campus within 48 hours. They lose all privileges of enrollment until the time they are readmitted. Tuition and board refunds for withdrawal are governed by the provisions set forth by the Student Accounts Office and are published in the College Catalogue.