Withdrawal Policies

Leave of Absence

A Leave of Absence (LOA) is a period of time in which a degree program student is not attending classes. Students must complete a Leave of Absence Form available at the Office of Student Services or on the Registrar Forms page. Students who wish to take a Leave of Absence must first meet with an academic advisor and a representative in the Practice Office, in order to assess the implications that taking a leave will have on their progress. International students must speak with the Designated School Official/ International Advisor prior to processing a Leave of Absence. After obtaining the signature of the academic advisor the form should be submitted to the Registrar by the end of the add/drop period.

Leave of Absence forms are valid for one semester only. A new form must be completed before each additional semester of leave. A maximum leave of four consecutive semesters is allowed in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. Students who would like to return after five or more consecutive semesters away from the BAC will be required to re-admit through Admissions.

Course Withdrawal

After the add/drop periods end, students who wish to withdraw from a full-semester course must complete and submit a Course Withdrawal Form, available at the Office of Student Services or on the website, by the end of the eleventh week of class. Students may withdraw from half-semester (generally 8 weeks in length) courses by filing the withdrawal form at the Office of Student Services no later than the end of the fifth week of the half semester in which their course is scheduled. Withdrawal deadline dates are posted on the Academic Calendar.

Withdrawal from a class appears as a "W" on academic transcripts and does not affect grade point average. However, the credits remain on the student's schedule and count toward attempted credits for the term. Students who receive financial aid should contact the Financial Aid Office to assess the consequences of withdrawing from a course. International students must speak with the Designated School Official/ International Advisor prior to withdrawing from a course.

Note: Failure to attend a course does not result in the course being dropped automatically from the enrollment record. Failure to officially drop or withdraw from a course will result in a failing grade of "RF" (Repeat/Fail) or "NF" (Failure due to non-attendance).

Full Withdrawal (In-semester)

Students who wish to withdraw from all of their courses in a semester must complete and submit a Full Withdrawal Form by the 11th week of classes for full semester courses - except for first half semester courses, please see the course withdrawal policy for more information. Forms are available at Student Services, Advising Services or on the BAC's website.

Refunds are administered according to the Tuition Refund Policy. The amount of the refund is contingent upon the date the student's written notice is received by the Registrar or Advising Services. Students who have received financial aid while at the BAC must contact the Financial Aid Office regarding an exit interview concerning their rights and responsibilities as student loan borrowers. International students must speak with the Designated School Official/ International Advisor prior to processing a Full Withdrawal.

Withdrawal from the College

Students who wish to discontinue their active student status from the BAC must notify the Registrar in writing of their intent to withdraw at the end of a semester or between semesters. Forms are available at Student Services, Advising or on the BAC website, and they require an Advisor's signature. Students who permanently withdraw would need to be readmitted into a program, if they wish to enroll again.