Withdrawal, Administrative

Students may be designated inactive and administratively withdrawn from the University for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Not remaining in contact with their Program Mentor as described in the communication protocol and failing to demonstrate Academic Activity for more than 28 days
  • Failing to complete registration and enrollment at the beginning of the new term
  • Failure to pay tuition or arrange for payment
  • Failure to maintain Academic Progress
  • Failure to complete the term break approval process
  • Failing to re-enroll at the end of an approved term break
  • Specific violations of the WGU Code of Student Conduct
  • Incarceration in a penal institution


Effective Withdrawal Date

Effective withdrawal date is the date the withdrawal is considered effective. This date is determined by the last date of the student’s academic activity within an enrolled term, not the date of withdrawal processing. See Last Date of Academic Activity (LDA).



Appealing a Withdrawal

Students who are administratively withdrawn may appeal to be reinstated within 30 days of the Effective Withdrawal Date. A withdrawal appeal will not be considered if more than 30 days has passed since the Effective Withdrawal Date. The Student Records Department is the sole approving authority for granting or denying withdrawal appeals. Students who wish to appeal a withdrawal must meet the following requirements:

  • Submit a written appeal detailing intent to remain academically enrolled through the end of their term and how withdrawal reason has been resolved to records@wgu.edu.
  • Meet all financial obligations and be cleared by the student accounts office.

Note: Students who are academically approved via the appeal process must still complete any financial clearance requirements prior to being returned to an active status. Students notified of requirements to become financially cleared must meet requirements within 5 business days from date of notification or academic approval will be revoked and withdrawal will remain in effect.


As of January 1st, 2019, the additional policy below applies:

Students, in the first term of their program, are required to complete a set of Critical Actions within 45 days of the term start or will be administratively withdrawn from the University. Students withdrawn under the Critical Actions policy may appeal within 48 hours of receiving notification that withdrawal processing has begun. 


Questions regarding student policies can be directed to WGU Student Ombuds at ombuds@wgu.edu. 


Article Number: 20452, 1037