And Extension of the Time Period
The Registrar’s forms for Application for Readmission or Application for Reinstatement contain information on the process of seeking readmission or reinstatement. The student completes the front and backside of the form, provides any additional material needed and submits all to the Registrar’s office. The Registrar’s office sends the materials to the Graduate Studies office for a review and recommendation on acceptance or denial of the request. The graduate program in which the student was enrolled provides input on the decision.
1. The Readmission Process
Readmission is a process for degree seeking graduate students who have a) voluntarily withdrawn from the University (a withdrawal form submitted for a semester or session), or b) interrupted their registration for one or more semesters (including an approved leave of absence). In each case students had the intention to return to their studies within the original admission period. At the time of withdrawal or last registration, the graduate student should have been in good academic standing (3.0 or better cumulative GPA), although an existing academic probation status may be considered if the conditions for probation have been met or will be met in the semester or session of the next enrollment. This readmission process does not cancel conditions of an original Provisional admission status if these have not yet been met, or an academic probation status being given if the student’s cumulative GPA is below a 3.0 at the time of the application for readmission.
The readmission process is also applicable for Advanced Special status, non degree seeking students in good academic standing who wish to return to graduate study following a break in registration.
Students may be readmitted only to the graduate program of their original admission, or to the status in which they were last enrolled. Readmission is not possible for students who voluntarily withdraw from the graduate program in which they were admitted (see section on withdrawal from a graduate program).
A formal readmission may be granted for master’s or non-degree seeking students in good academic standing whose original admission time period has lapsed, and whose extenuating circumstances may be considered for a second 5-year admission period to the program of the original admission or to the Advanced Special status. In the case of the master’s degree seeking student, the second five year admission period will come under the catalog in existence at the time of the second admission period. For some graduate programs, the curriculum may not have changed, and the student will not be affected. For other graduate programs the curriculum, courses or program requirements may have changed in the most recent catalog (s). Courses may no longer be offered and the curriculum or programs requirements may have been substantially revised.
2. Extension of the Time Period
Students who are very close to finishing the master’s degree may petition the program and the Graduate Dean for an extension of the original admission period, e.g., into a 6th year. (The petition for waiver of regulation form is used). The extension may be granted for a semester or up to a calendar year in lieu of a second 5-year admission period, in order to complete the degree program.
Doctoral students who have nine year in which to complete the degree program requirements may not seek a second doctoral admission time period. Based an extenuating circumstances they may petition the program and the Graduate Dean for an extension of their original admission period, e.g. into the 10th year to finish the degree program.
The petition for an extension of the time period does not have to be granted for either the master or the doctoral student.
3. The Reinstatement Process
Restatement is the progress for graduate degree-seeking and non-degree seeking students a) who have been academically dismissed from a program or status or b) who are students ineligible for readmission because of an academic, disciplinary or judicial suspension or the termination of admission status, e.g., due to the failure to remove the conditions of a Provisional admission or of an academic probation. The student may be reinstated only to the program or status in which he/she was last enrolled. Reinstatement if granted will include conditions and a time period in which to complete them. Cases of readmission or reinstatement are considered on an individual basis and are not automatically granted.