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Retroactive Withdrawals

How do I withdraw from a course or courses that I took in a previous semester?

This is known as a "Retroactive Withdrawal Appeal" or "RWA." 

Deans and advisors: for questions pertaining to Dean's office action for RWAs, please email Katie Silver

RWA Form: Click Here to download

Please note: The Retroactive Withdrawal Appeal process can have an impact on financial aid and scholarships, to more fully understand the implications for you as a student, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and scholarships at or by phone at (859) 257-3172

Spring 2023 Meeting Dates
Files are considered by the order in which they are received. Dates subject to change. 

  • Wednesday, January 25, 2023
  • Thursday, February 9, 2023
  • Friday, March 10, 2023
  • Thursday, April 6, 2023 (April 6 meeting cancelled, rescheduled for April 12) 
  • Wednesday, April 12, 2023
  • Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Student Guidance for Retroactive Withdrawals

Please note: Senate Council Office staff are not permitted to discuss any aspect of a student’s retroactive withdrawal or status at the University with anyone outside of the University or with anyone who is not the student (i.e. family member, friend, guardian, etc.) unless a formal FERPA release of information is on file.

In order to be eligible for a retroactive withdrawal, a student must demonstrate satisfactory evidence that they have incurred one of the following that impacted the semester from which they are requesting to withdraw from:

  1. A serious injury or illness;
  2. Serious personal or family problems;
  3. Serious financial difficulties; or
  4. Permanent disability verified by the Disability Resource Center and diagnosed after the semester for which the withdrawal is requested.

Typically, a student may withdraw from a given semester only if the withdrawal is from all courses during the semester. In the exceptional circumstance that a student submits a request for a partial retroactive withdrawal, the criteria to grant such an unusual request shall be higher than for a more ordinary full withdrawal. For a request for partial withdrawal to be considered, the statement must clearly explain why the circumstances that merit the withdrawal were limited to one or a few courses.

The application must be completed and submitted to the academic dean of the college in which you were enrolled during the semester from which you wish to withdraw. You should consult with that dean for further guidance before you submit the application. Your advisor has primary responsibility in offering assistance on compiling the application file. If you wish to make multiple semester requests to withdraw, you must complete a separate application for each semester from which you want to withdraw.

Your completed application – including all required attachments – must be received in the dean’s office within two years from the last day of classes of the semester from which withdrawal is requested AND prior to graduation (please note: a student’s status in a course cannot be changed after graduation). Two years is defined as two consecutive periods of 365 days (or 366 if leap year) from the last day of classes for the semester for which the withdrawal is requested.

Your completed application should contain the following items for submission to your college’s dean’s office:

  1. The University Senate’s Retroactive Withdrawal Application (Part 1)
  2. A completed Instructor Feedback Form (IFF) for each course from which you seek to withdraw
  3. A detailed personal statement, which explains
    1. Your serious illness, serious personal or family problem, serious financial difficulty, or a permanent disability verified by the Disability Resource Center and diagnosed after the semester in questions; AND
    2. Why you did not withdraw during the semester in question
  4. Documentation supporting your personal statement. In the case of a medical reason, a letter from a medical professional is required. Total supporting documentation should not exceed 15 pages.

Once you have submitted your application to your college’s dean’s office, the dean will review the application. The dean will include an unofficial copy of your transcript and prepare a letter detailing their recommendation to support or not support your request. Your dean’s office will then transmit your completed file, along with your unofficial transcript and their recommendation to the Senate Council Office for transmission to the Senate Retroactive Withdrawal Appeals Committee (SRWAC).

The SRWAC meets once a month during the fall and spring semesters. Applications are considered in the order that they are received. The SRWAC will forward a copy of its decision regarding the application to the student’s college’s dean’s office. The Dean is responsible for notifying the student of the decision made by the SRWAC.

The SRWAC will forward all approved requests to the Office of University Registrar for processing. The Office of the University Registrar is also responsible for tuition refunds. For more information regarding tuition refunds, please contact the Office of the University Registrar (859-257-7157). Please note, it is your responsibility to understand how such a refund will affect financial aid, grants, and scholarships.

Please be aware that all University employees are required to share reports of sexual harassment they receive from students with the Title IX Coordinator. For more information regarding mandatory reporting and Title IX, please visit Faculty, staff, and students can also submit an alert to the Center for Support and Invention when they are concerned about the wellbeing of a student. The Center for Support and Intervention is not a disciplinary arm of the University of Kentucky. These reports are not listed on your transcript.


College Contact Information for Students

If you are unsure which college you were enrolled in during the semester from which you want to withdraw from or if you do not see your college listed, please contact your advisor or email Katie Silver (coordinator for the SRWAC) at in the Senate Council Office.


Point of Contact

Agriculture, Food and Environment

Sarah Ellison (
Assistant Dean of Advising

Arts and Sciences

Kristen Grubb (
Academic Advisor Senior

Business and Economics

Stephanie Lynch (
Director of Advising

Communication and Information

Suanne Early (
Academic Advisor Director


Azhar Swanson (
Academic Coordinator Senior


Nathaniel Hibbitts (
Academic Advisor Director


Laura Young (
Administrative Services

Fine Arts

David Kaiser (
Assistant Dean

Graduate School

Brian Jackson (
Senior Associate Dean

Health Sciences

Casey Shadix (
Academic Affairs Director


Jennifer Bird-Pollan (
Associate Dean


Shaun Ketterman (
Academic Advisor


Blanca Orozco (
College Staff Officer

Public Health

Britt Allen-Wynn (
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

Social Work

Jaime Wainscott (
Academic Advising Director

Current Deadlines

Your completed application – including all required attachments – must be received in the dean’s office within two years from the last day of classes of the semester from which withdrawal is requested AND prior to graduation (please note: a student’s status in a course cannot be changed after graduation). Please be aware that the last day of classes is different than the end of the semester. Academic calendars can be found on the University Registrar website (

For requests to
withdraw from:

Last day of classes
for that semester:

Completed applications must be
received in the Dean’s office by:

Fall 2020 Semester

November 24, 2020

November 24, 2022

Spring 2021 Semester

May 5, 2021

May 5, 2023

Fall 2021 Semester

December 8, 2021

December 8, 2023

Spring 2022 Semester

April 27, 2022

April 27, 2024

Fall 2022 Semester December 7, 2022

December 7, 2024


Additional Resources for Students

Academic Ombud
At the University of Kentucky, Academic Ombud Services is responsible for resolving academic related problems and conflicts for which established procedures have not yielded a satisfactory solution or for which no established procedure exists.
Phone: 859-257-3737
Center for Support and Intervention
The Center for Support and Intervention (CSI) promotes student well-being and success by providing holistic and collaborative support to students in distress, through assessment of needs, identifying barriers to access, and connection to campus and community resources.
Phone: 859-257-3755
Counseling Center
The Counseling Center offers groups, workshops, and short-term counseling to support student's growth and assist students with mental health, academic and/ or other personal concerns that might interfere with academic performance or a sense of personal well-being while at UK.
Phone: 859-257-8701 (press 1 for 24-hour Crisis Consultation)
Disability Resource Center
The University of Kentucky Disability Resource Center partners with qualified students with disabilities to assist them in gaining equal access to institutional programs and services consistent with their unique needs. The Center seeks to responsibly advocate the needs of students with disabilities to the campus community through consultation and outreach efforts with administration, faculty, students and University partners.
Phone: 859-257-2754
Financial Ombud Services
The Financial Ombud Services office provides guidance and assistance to students who have encountered financial difficulties only after they have met with their University of Kentucky financial aid counselor. The Financial Ombud Services works with students individually to assist in student financial challenges affecting scheduled payments for tuition and fees to the university.
Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity
The Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity are here to support and serve faculty, staff, students and members of the University community.
Phone: 859-257-8927
Office of Student Success
The Office for Student Success at the University of Kentucky is committed to designing and delivering unparalleled student services. The Office for Student Success is comprised of more than four hundred professional staff and faculty across more than two dozen units that engage students from the time of early college outreach to graduation and beyond.
Phone: 859-257-1911
Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Center
The center serves as a place where students, faculty, and staff in the UK community can seek confidential services.
Phone: 859-257-3574