Academic Involuntary Withdrawal from a Course or Cazenovia College

Students enrolled at the College may voluntarily withdraw from a course before the published official withdrawal date; students may withdraw from the College before the last day of class for the semester. However, the College reserves the right to involuntarily withdraw the student from a course or Cazenovia College in order to protect the integrity of the College’s learning environment when the student is not able or willing to withdraw from courses.

Any involuntary withdrawal will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

The following explanations explain in more detail the circumstances for involuntary withdrawal from a course or the College due to academic circumstances.

Excessive unexcused absences
Students are expected to abide by the attendance policy documented in every course syllabus.  There are no automatically "excused" absences to attend athletic events, field trips or any other reason.  Students who face a conflict between class attendance and other needs (for example, illness, serious family crisis) must notify their faculty in advance.  When advance notice is impossible, faculty need to be contacted as soon as possible.  No one except the faculty member in charge of a class may excuse an absence.

Students who do not meet the attendance requirements in a given course may not be able to complete that course successfully. A student whose absences will prevent completion of the course with a passing grade should withdraw from the course.  If the student does not withdraw by the withdrawal deadline, he or she will fail the course.

Students who have excessive absences in the majority of their courses that will prevent them from passing these courses may be involuntarily withdrawn from the College.   The Vice President for Academic Affairs or designee, in consultation with the student’s academic advisor, program director, SSN (Student Support Network), the Registrar, and other pertinent campus entities will make the involuntary withdrawal determination.

Inappropriate classroom behavior policy
Unruly or ill-mannered behavior is inappropriate in any instructional setting, e.g. classroom, online, Blackboard, field trips, etc. When an instructor finds that the student’s behavior is not conducive to an appropriate instructional environment, the instructor has the right to ask the student to leave the instructional setting.
 
At this point, the faculty member has the right to require the students speak to the Academic Vice President or designee to resolve instructional setting behavioral issues. The Academic Vice President, among other things, may advise the student that h/she will be dropped from the courses with a grade of “W” if the behavior does not change. This decision is final.
 
Students who have exhibited inappropriate behaviors in the majority of their courses may be involuntarily withdrawn from the college.  The Vice President for Academic Affairs or designee, in consultation with the student’s academic advisor, program director, Dean for Student Life, Athletics, SSN (Student Support Network), the Registrar, and other pertinent campus entities will make the involuntary withdrawal determination.

Harm or Disruption to Community

The College may involuntarily withdraw a student when the student exhibits behavior that: harms, or threatens to harm, the health, safety or well-being of the College community as a whole or any particular member of the College community, including the student himself or herself; or is significantly disruptive to the educational, residential and other activities of the College community.  The decision to impose a leave of absence is made by the Dean for Students on a case-by-case basis, and each student’s individualized circumstances will be taken into account. 

Except in emergency circumstances, the student will be given the opportunity to respond to a proposed withdrawal and to provide additional information for consideration before an involuntary leave is imposed.  In the event of an emergency, the student will be given this opportunity shortly after the imposition of the leave (usually within a few days).  

Appeal of involuntary withdrawal
Involuntary withdrawals from Cazenovia College may be appealed to the President who has the final decision.

Readmission after involuntary withdrawal
When a student requests readmission to the College following an involuntary withdrawal, s/he shall provide the Vice President of Academic Affairs or designee with evidence and documentation of compliance with any decision or agreement entered into under this policy. It is the responsibility of the student to provide documentation of compliance with these conditions.

Readmission is not guaranteed. After reviewing the case, including meeting with the student at the Vice President’s discretion, the Vice President of Academic Affairs will make a decision on the student's request for readmission. S/he will designate any further conditions deemed necessary and notify the student in writing of his or her decision.