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College-wide Policies

Student Time Off Policy

Responsible office
Student Life
Responsible party
Vice president for student life and Dean of the College/Dean of the Faculty
Last revision
August 2013
Approved by
The Cabinet
Approval date
August 2013
Effective date
August 2017
Last review
August 2013
Additional references
None

Scope

All financial and administrative policies involving community members across campus are within the scope of this policy. If there is variance between departmental expectations and the common approach described through college policy, the college will look to the campus community to support the spirit and the objectives of college policy.

Policy

Expectations for Full-Time Enrollment:

Colorado College values and expects a high level of student engagement both in and out of the classroom.  All students are expected to be enrolled as full-time students.  First-year and sophomore students are required to take four blocks each semester.  Transfer students are required to enroll in four blocks each semester in each of their first two semesters at the college, even if they matriculate with two years of credit or reach the equivalent of 16 blocks of credit in their first or second semester at the college.

Part-time enrollment (less than three blocks per semester) is discouraged and students must obtain written permission from the Office of Student Life.  All students who complete fewer than three blocks in a given semester will be placed in a status of Withdrawal with an Intent to Return.

Procedures

Requesting Permission for a Block off:

First-years and Sophomores: First-year and sophomore students cannot register for a block off and must be granted permission from the Office of Student Life if they want to take a block off.  First-year and sophomore students cannot drop a class without adding a class unless they have obtained written permission from the Office of Student Life.

Juniors and Seniors: Students with junior or senior standing may request to take one block off per semester at the time of course registration. These students must register using the block-off code (00000) after discussing this choice with their academic advisor.  Students enrolled in three blocks per semester are considered to be full-time students and must still pay a full semester of tuition, room and board, and fees.  There is no refund for taking a block off.

Transfer Students: Transfer students who have completed at least two concurrent semesters of enrollment at the college and who have earned the equivalent of 16 or more blocks of credit may request one block off per semester at the time of course registration. These students must register using the block-off code (00000) after discussing this choice with their academic advisor.  Students enrolled in three blocks per semester are considered to be full-time students and must still pay a full semester of tuition, room and board, and fees.  There is no refund for taking a block off.

Part-Time Enrollment or Withdrawal with an Intent to Return (for students who do not maintain full-time enrollment):

Any student who is taking more than one block off in a given semester must obtain permission from the Office of Student Life to pursue their studies on a part-time basis. During these blocks off, students will be placed in a status of Withdrawal with an Intent to Return.  During this time, students will not be actively enrolled and will not have the privileges afforded to enrolled students, including, but not limited to, access to facilities, residence halls, or the meal plan unless they have written authorization from the Office of Student Life.  The student’s Gold Card will be deactivated.  Part-time students will be billed the per-block charge equivalent to one-third of a semester for each block enrolled.

If Withdrawal with an Intent to Return is granted for personal reasons (such as medical, financial, or other personal circumstances), the student must reconfirm their return date by writing the Office of Student Life no later than November 1 for a Spring Semester return or March 1 for a Fall Semester return, unless otherwise stipulated by the Office of Student Life.  Failure to adhere to the stated deadlines will result in an automatic withdrawal from the college.

If Withdrawal with an Intent to Return is required by the college (in cases such as academic suspension, financial suspension, disciplinary suspension, involuntary medical leave, etc.), the student will receive a letter from the Office of Student Life detailing the requirements for return.  Failure to adhere to the stated deadlines or conditions will result in an automatic withdrawal from the college.

Withdrawal from the College:

Students must contact the Office of Student Life if they intend to withdraw from the college.  If they choose to enroll as a degree-seeking undergraduate student (a transfer student) at another institution or they do not qualify for or adhere to the standards of a Withdrawal with an Intent to Return, they must withdraw from the college or they may be subject to an automatic withdrawal from the college.

Withdrawal forms are available in the Office of Student Life.  Until a student has officially withdrawn, completed the necessary paperwork, and received written authorization from the Office of Student Life, no refund of the general obligation deposit will be considered.  To receive a refund, a student must give notice of withdrawal by November 1 for Spring Semester.  For Fall Semester, to receive a refund a student must give preliminary notice of withdrawal by March 1; final notice must be given by June 15.  All withdrawals require a signature from the Office of Student Life.

Whenever possible, the Office of Student Life requires an exit interview prior to a student’s withdrawal from the college.

Reapplying to Colorado College after Withdrawing from the College:

If a student withdraws from the college to transfer to another institution, they must reapply through the Office of Admission and meet the transfer deadlines of November 1 for Spring Semester or March 1 for Fall Semester.

If a student withdraws for other reasons, such as travel or an internship, and has been away for less than two semesters, they may request reinstatement by writing directly to the Office of Student Life.  The deadlines to request reinstatement are November 1 for the Spring Semester and March 1 for Fall Semester.  Students seeking need-based financial assistance upon their return must meet the stated financial aid deadlines.  If more than two semesters have passed since a student’s withdrawal date, they must reapply through the Office of Admission.

Blocks Off and Withdrawal With an Intent to Return – Eight-Block Maximum

If a student accumulates a total of eight blocks without being enrolled in a class, they will be automatically withdrawn from the college. The eight-block maximum includes the accumulation of individual blocks not enrolled in a course (i.e. block off), and time while in the status of “withdrawn with an intent to return”.  A student may petition the Office of Student Life for reinstatement.  If granted, a student must demonstrate immediate and sustained progress toward earning their degree.

Utilizing the One-Block Wildcard for Summer Study:

The Wildcard program was implemented to allow students to earn one block of credit in a Summer Session course to maintain progress toward their degree. Through use of the Wildcard, a student can earn a block of credit to make up for a block that they took off, a class that they needed to drop, or a class in which they received a grade of No Credit.  In addition, some students choose to take a summer class to fulfill a distribution requirement or to earn an extra credit.  Students should plan ahead, engage with their advisor, and communicate with the Office of Student Life in order to maintain progress toward earning their degree.