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A CAUTIONARY TALE: CHERYL AND WITHDRAWAL WITHOUT NOTICE
In the early fall, Cheryl was called home from school because her mother was seriously ill. She returned to school, but her heart stayed home, and eventually she was actually needed back at home. She left her classes without notice and took care of her brothers and sisters and cared for her mother until her health improved. During the summer, Cheryl began to receive notices that she owed money to the college. She had had a scholarship, but was required to maintain a good GPA to hold it. By dropping out without notice she had gotten F’s in all her courses, and her GPA had fallen through the floor. She lost the scholarship and now owed the school money and had a terrible record.
If she had told her adviser about her mother’s problems, Cheryl could have submitted a formal withdrawal, which would have protected her grades and also her scholarship, and taken a leave of absence. She ended up having to provide evidence of her mother’s illness and the time frame involved in her care, as part of a process of having the courses (and the F grades) removed from her transcript and reinstating her scholarship. In the fall she was able to resume her studies, but she had learned a lesson along the way. Lessons learned: Do not drop out without telling your adviser and your professors, as well as filing the proper forms. Let someone know when you are having a crisis.