We are committed to our students' academic success and understand that can mean leaving Fort Lewis College temporarily or permanently. The decision to leave can seriously affect your academic success and ability to graduate.
We strongly encourage you to get help exploring options and navigating the process of leaving FLC.
A Semester Withdrawal (also known as an SW) is when an enrolled student withdraws from all of their classes between Census (the 12th day of the semester) and the final day of classes for a semester. Each student may do one (and only one) Semester Withdrawal while an undergraduate student at FLC. Students can use their SW for any reason and any semester.
An SW DOES NOT COUNT against your three available course withdrawals.
All courses you withdraw from using a Semester Withdrawal will appear on your transcript with "SW," where you usually see a grade. SWs do not factor into your semester or cumulative grade point averages (GPA). You will not be awarded credit for SW courses.
Housing: Withdrawing from the current semester will make you ineligible to live on campus, and you will have 48 hours to vacate the residence halls. Contact the Housing Office as soon as possible if you are considering a Semester Withdrawal so that you can plan your move accordingly.
Financial Aid: Any change in your enrollment status can affect your eligibility for student loans and scholarships.
You are still responsible for some or all of the tuition and fees for your classes, depending on when you withdraw. See the Fort Lewis College Refund Policies for more information.
The SW deadline is the last regular day of classes for the semester from which you intend to withdraw. You cannot have a Semester Withdrawal after that date for any reason.
You can complete a Semester Withdrawal on WebOPUS any time between Census (the 12th day of the semester) and the last regular day of classes by following the steps below.
Academic Affairs grants Administrative Withdrawals (AW) for serious, unforeseen circumstances that make it difficult to complete a course (e.g. severe injury, physical or mental illness, death in the family, etc.). There is no limit to the number of AWs you can receive while at FLC, but AWs are only granted for the current term.
Every current undergraduate student can take up to two consecutive terms away from Fort Lewis College, after which they can return as a full- or part-time student without reapplying for admission. During this time out, a student is:
You can register for classes like usual as long as you do not take a break for more than one academic year; you maintain "active student" status.
You must reapply for admission through our Circle Back program if you have been away from FLC for over three consecutive terms (Fall, Spring, and Summer); your status has turned to "inactive student."
If you intend to leave FLC during a semester you're enrolled in, you have two options:
If you intend to leave FLC for a future semester:
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