if you are REQUIRED to WITHDRAW
Here is what you need to know if the Committee on Academic Performance votes at a Deferred Action Meeting to require you to withdraw:
For further information, contact CAP's Staff Associate (see Contact).
You, your advisor, and your department's undergraduate office will be notified of a Required Withdrawal vote by email soon after the Committee meets. You, your advisor, and your department will also receive a printed letter confirming the vote. This letter is mailed to your term address in January and your permanent address in June. You can update these addresses in your Biographic Record on WebSIS. You may also ask CAP's Staff Associate (see Contact) not to mail a letter to your permanent address.
Required Withdrawal appears on your internal record with the code "RW" next to the word "Academic", following the term's grades on your WebSIS Grade Report. CAP actions, including Required Withdrawal, never appear on external records.
A few medical schools and other graduate schools ask in their application forms for information on "institutional actions". MIT does not consider CAP votes to be institutional actions; you are therefore not obligated to report a Required Withdrawal to a graduate school. However, you may need to explain the gap in registration shown on your external transcript.
Suspension of Services
Required withdrawal means that you must be away from MIT for at least a full academic year. During that time you are not eligible to use most student services, including housing (dormitories and FSILGs). The Housing Office will give you a reasonable amount of time after the CAP vote to pack belongings and vacate your room. For a complete list of services for which you will be ineligible, see the Student Support Services website.
How to Respond to Required Withdrawal
Contact a dean in Student Support Services (S3) immediately:
- If you have already been working with a particular dean, that dean will continue to work with you on withdrawal and possible readmission.
- If you have not yet contacted Student Support Services, staff there will assign you to a dean who will follow you through withdrawal and possible readmission.
You may continue to consult S3 while on required withdrawal; it is not among the suspended services.
Your S3 dean will help you work through the steps needed to withdraw from the Institute. These include contact with Student Financial Services (term bill and financial aid), Housing, Student Health Insurance, and the International Students Office (for international students). For details, see the Required Withdrawal section of the S3 website.
Your S3 dean will also explain the criteria and deadlines for readmission applications. It is important to understand these before you leave campus so that you will spend your time away constructively and qualify for possible readmission if you choose to apply. For a brief outline, see the Readmission section of the S3 website.
Contact your advisor to discuss:
- What you've learned from the process of CAP review
- How you plan to spend your time away (including possible coursework at another institution)
- How you hope to solve the problems that led to your required withdrawal
- Whether returning to MIT is your best academic option.
You may continue to communicate with your advisor while on withdrawal status; that is not a suspended service.