Students desiring to withdraw from the University must initiate a Student Petition for Withdrawal form, secure approval from their academic dean and submit the form to the Office of the University Registrar. The effective date of the withdrawal is the date the Student Petition for Withdrawal is processed in the registrar's office. No refunds are made without an official withdrawal. Discontinuance of class attendance or notification to instructors of an intention to withdraw does not constitute an official withdrawal. Students who reside in University housing must secure clearance from the Department of Residence Life and Student Housing.
Medical withdrawals and mandatory administrative withdrawals allow a prorated refund of tuition and fees. However, a medical withdrawal includes requirements that must be met prior to re-enrollment at SMU. The medical director, psychiatric director, counseling and testing director, or the vice president for student affairs must authorize a medical withdrawal or mandatory administrative withdrawal. Authorization and confirmation of medical necessity must be obtained from the appropriate medical authorities prior to approval of the withdrawal. As a matter of University policy, and in compliance with federal regulations, retroactive medical withdrawals cannot be granted.