Furman is a community of learning enriched by the wide
variety of experiences and perspectives of its students. To support and
enhance this environment, we have developed a set of well-defined
policies, procedures and regulations that outline our expectations for
students. We believe these guidelines promote the greater good, and
ensure that every student has the ability to pursue their academic
Leave of Absence
- Absence Notification
If students will be absent from class, they should consult with their professors prior to the absence if possible. In all cases, professors may set their own policies governing the number of allowable absences and the options for making up work that is missed whether the absence is excused or unexcused.
Students who are ill should visit Student Health Services where a notice will be provided for students to take to their professors when they return to class. If students are treated by outside health professionals, they should obtain a written notice from their treating professionals indicating if class absence or bed rest has been recommended, and they should take the notice with them when they return to class. If a student will be absent from class for an extended period (longer than 3 days) due to health issues, they should request that their treating health professionals provide written documentation to Health Services. Health Services will then notify the Office of the Associate Academic Dean who will notify all professors.
Absences for other personal reasons including a death in the family, weddings, graduations, graduate school visits, job interviews, etc. may be requested by submitting an Absence Request form to the Office of the Associate Academic Dean. Students should provide the Office of the Associate Academic Dean appropriate documentation, or contact information for an appropriate person to confirm the dates of the absence as well as the reason for the absence. The Associate Academic Dean will notify all professors if the reason for the absence is deemed essential. Absences due to family obligations (i.e. vacations, family reunions, birthday celebrations, anniversaries, etc.), activities for student organizations, or events resulting in excessive absences are typically not deemed essential by the Associate Academic Dean.
Absences due to participation in educational events or varsity athletic events sponsored by a faculty or staff member are confirmed through the Office of the Associate Academic Dean. Students will receive a Sponsored Event form from the sponsor to distribute to their professors to notify them of the dates of the absence.
Absence Request Form
- Academic Probation
Students are placed on academic probation if their GPA falls below the minimum GPA for their cumulative attempted credits. The Associate Academic Dean will notify students in writing if they have been placed on academic probation and will indicate the grades needed to remove themselves from probation in the following semester. Students on academic probation are not eligible to enroll in overloads, transfer credits from another institution, or enroll in courses on a pass-no pass basis.
Students who remain on academic probation for two consecutive checkpoints, as defined in the University Catalog, will be placed on a two semester academic suspension. Students may appeal an academic suspension through the Associate Academic Dean's office. Students who serve their suspension must apply for readmission at the conclusion of their suspension through the Associate Academic Dean's office.
Students who have ever reached suspension will be dismissed from the University if they are placed on academic probation for two additional consecutive checkpoints. Students may appeal an academic dismissal through the Associate Academic Dean's office.
Additional details about academic probation and the minimum GPA required for each checkpoint can be found in the University Catalog.
- Comprehensive Fee Exceptions
Students are required to pay the comprehensive fee to cover tuition charges for up to 20 credits. Students may be granted an exception to this regulation under various conditions as specified in the University Catalog. Students who are granted an exception to the comprehensive fee pay for courses on a per-credit basis (including May Experience courses), and this rate is set annually by the Enrollment Services Center. To apply for an exception to the comprehensive fee, students can obtain a Comprehensive Fee Exception form from the Office of the Associate Academic Dean.
- Final Exam Changes
Students are required to take final exams during the scheduled times unless permission has been granted by the Associate Academic Dean to reschedule finals. Final exam schedules are posted on the Registrar website and in individual student schedules in ARMS. Students should consult their final exam schedule early in the term and make appropriate travel plans for break so that their exams do not conflict with travel arrangements. Rescheduling final exams is allowed only in cases of serious illness or for situations beyond the student's control and are not allowed to accommodate family or personal travel plans, personal convenience, or timing of difficult exams. Students with 3 exams scheduled for 1 day may also request to change one of those exams. Students may request to change the time of a final exam by submitting a Final Exam Change Request with supporting documentation to the Office of the Associate Academic Dean. Requests for changes not related to illness or emergency must be received at least 4 weeks prior to the original date of the final exam.
Students with a documented disability who are provided extended time for exams as an accommodation and have 2 or more final exams scheduled for 1 day may request to change the time of a final through the Student Office for Accessiblility Resources (294-2320). Deadlines for submitting these requests are posted in the Student Office for Accessiblilty Resources and are emailed to qualifying students every semester.
Final Exam Change Request
Students are expected to complete work for classes prior to the end of the semester. In situations where students are not able to complete a course, a professor may award an Incomplete grade to allow students additional time to finish work. An incomplete will only be awarded in cases where unforeseen circumstances prohibited work from being completed there is a minimal amount of work to be completed for the course, and the professor has agreed that an Incomplete grade is appropriate. Coursework for Incomplete grades should be finished as soon as possible. If the grade for the course is not posted within 40 days after the conclusion of the semester, the grade will automatically change to an F. The midterm deadline can be extended through the Associate Academic Dean by completing the Incomplete Extension Request
- Late Requests
Deadlines for adding/dropping/withdrawing classes and declaring pass/no pass status are posted for each semester on the Registrar website. It is the student's responsibility to process these requests by the posted deadlines. When students miss these deadlines, they must submit the appropriate form (CAP form, Course Withdrawal Request, or Pass/No Pass Request) with all necessary signatures to the Office of the Associate Academic Dean along with a completed Academic Regulation Exception form. The request will then be considered by the Associate Academic Dean and students, advisors, and instructors will be notified of the decision via email.
Students may request a leave of absence for a semester for medical or personal reasons. To request a leave of absence, students should submit a Leave of Absence Request form to the Office of the Associate Academic Dean prior to the beginning of the term for which the leave is requested.
Students may also request a leave of absence for a semester if they are planning to participate in a non-Furman affiliated study away program. To apply for a leave of absence for study away, students should submit the Leave of Absence for Study Away Request form to the Office of the Associate Academic Dean prior to beginning of the term for which the leave is requested.
A leave of absence may be extended one additional semester by completing a Leave of Absence Request request form a second time and returning it to the Office of the Associate Academic Dean.
Students who are considering a leave of absence should consult with the Financial Aid Office about the implications of the leave on their aid package.
Students who qualify for an overload may add classes to their schedules during the CAP period. Criteria for qualifying for an overload can be found in the University Catalog. Any student who does not meet the qualifying criteria and wishes to overload must obtain approval from the Associate Academic Dean. To request an overload, students need to submit a signed CAP Form and an Academic Regulation Exception form to the Office of the Associate Academic Dean prior to the end of the CAP period. Decisions regarding overloads will not be made until after grades have been posted for the prior semester.
Students who have withdrawn voluntarily from the University may apply for readmission by submitting a Readmission Form to the Office of the Associate Academic Dean. The Associate Academic Dean may also request letters of recommendation, transcripts from schools attended while away from Furman, or other supporting documentation. Readmission forms and materials are due within four weeks of the start of the semester.
Students who were withdrawn from the University because of academic suspension or expulsion may appeal to return before the end of their two term suspension. Students may contact the Office of the Associate Academic Dean (864-294-2064 or email@example.com) for information on how to submit an appeal and get appeal deadline dates. Appeals will be considered by the Faculty Appeals Committee.
Students who were withdrawn by the University because of disciplinary expulsion may appeal to return through the Office of Student Life. Contact the Office of Student Life for more information (864-294-2202).
Students who want to remove some or all of their classes from their schedules should process a withdrawal. There are several types of withdrawals depending on how many classes need to be removed from the schedule and whether the student intends to return to the University in a future term.
Students may remove individual classes from their schedules by submitting a Course Withdrawal Form in the Registrar's office prior to the midterm date. The transcript will reflect a W for the course.
Students may remove all of their classes from their schedules by submitting a Term Withdrawal Form to the Office of the Associate Academic Dean. If the request is made prior to the midterm date, the transcript will reflect a W for all courses. If the request is made after the midterm date, the transcript will reflect an F for all courses unless the Associate Academic Dean approves a late withdrawal.
Students who intend to permanently discontinue enrollment in the University may withdraw from the University by submitting a University Withdrawal Form to the Academic Records Office. If the withdrawal starts in the middle of the semester, the transcript will reflect a W for all courses where the student has a passing grade and an F for all courses where the student has a failing grade.
Term Withdrawal Form
University Withdrawal Form