III. Registration and Withdrawals

Registration and Withdrawals
[amended 9/23/22; 3/14/2024]

  1. The Undergraduate Deans’ Group of the schools and colleges and the Office of the Provost will have general control of the registration of students both for regular course work on the MU campus and for courses and other educational activities administered by the MU Extension division.
  2. Students who enroll in extension and/or correspondence courses for the purpose of applying them to a degree program will coordinate such enrollment with the school or college offering the degree.
  3. For an undergraduate student, registration for fewer than 12 hours in a given semester and graduate students who register for fewer than nine hours during the fall or spring semesters are considered to be enrolled less-than-full time. Other statuses are as follows:

  4. Undergraduate Students
    Enrollment Status Fall/Spring Summer
    Full-time 12 Credit Hours 6 Credit Hours
    Three-quarter 9 Credit Hours 4 Credit Hours
    Half-time 6 Credit Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Less than half-time < 6 Credit Hours < 3 Credit Hours

    Graduate Students
    Enrollment Status Fall/Spring Summer
    Full-time 9 Credit Hours 4.5 Credit Hours
    Three-quarter 6 Credit Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Half-time 4.5 Credit Hours 2.25 Credit Hours
    Less than half-time < 4.5 Credit Hours < 2.25 Credit Hours

    Professional Students
    Law Student – 12 Credit Hours
    Medical Student – 10 Credit Hours
    Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy Student – 9 Credit Hours
    Veterinary Medicine Student – 12 Credit Hours

  5. No student will be permitted to register in any school or college of the MU or in any course, other than Problems, Special Readings, Internships, Grad Exam or Research, after the expiration of one week following the first day of classes in regular session or the equivalent thereof in a shorter session. A department may establish an earlier deadline.
  6. With the consent of the dean of the school or college in which the student is registered and of the instructor concerned, a student may enroll in a course as a hearer. Normally, a hearer will attend the course on a regular basis; either the department or an individual instructor will stipulate the requirements for enrollment in a course as a hearer. At the request of the instructor, a hearer may be dropped from a course for failure to comply with stipulated requirements. An instructor may request the registrar to backdate a hearer’s disenrollment from a course, so that no notation of the student’s enrollment will appear on the student’s permanent record. A hearer will receive no credit toward a degree. Once a student has elected to enroll in a course as a hearer, he/she may not change his/her status to that of a regular student after the expiration of two weeks following the first day of classes in regular session or the equivalent thereof in a shorter session. Nor can a student who is enrolled for credit change his/her status to hearer after the expiration of two weeks following the first day of classes in regular session or the equivalent thereof in a shorter session. The School of Law may adopt a different deadline regarding the last day available to a student enrolled in any classes taken through the Law Career for credit to change his/her status to hearer. Such deadline might be later than the deadline for other schools and colleges.
  7. A student who wishes to withdraw from any course in which they are officially enrolled must declare such intention by the first day of the last week for sixteen-week courses or the equivalent deadline posted in the academic calendar for all other courses. The faculty of the student’s school or college may establish an earlier deadline for withdrawal. The School of Law may adopt a different deadline regarding the last day for a student enrolled in any classes taken through the Law Career to withdraw from any such course. Such deadline might be later than the deadline for other schools and colleges.
  8. A student who wishes to withdraw from all courses for the term must process the appropriate form by the first day of the last week for sixteen-week courses or the equivalent deadline posted in the academic calendar for all other courses. Withdrawal forms will normally be dated according to the date the request was first received with the following exception: When health or other critical circumstance constitutes the reason for withdrawal, the dean may designate an earlier date to which academic rules will apply. The School of Law may adopt a different deadline for a student enrolled in any classes taken through the Law Career to withdraw from MU. Such deadline might be later than the deadline for other schools and colleges.
  9. Leave of Absence – Students may request a Leave of Absence during or between semesters. Leaves provide the student an option to discontinue taking classes, while remaining affiliated with the campus and retaining some support to assist with returning to campus. During the leave the student will agree to not take classes at other institutions of higher education.A leave may be requested for up to a year, with the possibility of one year extension using the process defined by the campus. Students who fail to return in a year or ask for an extension will be removed from the Leave of Absence process. Should they wish to return in the future they would access the application for readmission.Reasons for requests include but are not limited to: Medical issues – physical or mental, family circumstances – such as family death, pregnancy or parental leave, financial concerns, circumstances related to non-related significant individuals, military service obligations for which documentation of orders will be required.Students who seek a Leave of Absence starting during a semester or term, will be subject to the academic polices of the University, including those of their Academic Units in effect at that time.Students on leave will be responsible for fulfilling any financial obligations incurred prior to the leave. Federal, State and campus limitations on financial aid leaves of absence will apply, which include the limitations of the Department of Education’s leave of absence policy that limits the timeframe for an official leave of absence to 180 days for suspension of loan repayment requirements. Students will be responsible for contacting financial aid for assistance in understanding the impact on them.This policy applies to undergraduate students. Graduate, Medical, Law and Veterinary Medicine students should contact their dean’s office for information concerning a Leave of absence.The development of processes to support this policy will be coordinated by the Office of the University Registrar in cooperation with the Academic Units and Student Affairs and will be supported by the various appropriate campus units.
  10. The director of the Student Health Service will have the authority to exclude a student from classes and other University exercises and activities because of exposure to a communicable or contagious disease or to require a student to withdraw from the MU at any time if the student has a medical condition constituting a hazard to himself or herself, to other students or to the campus community.
  11. At any time, a dean may, following such procedures as are reasonable, dismiss a student from a course, or from the school or college for failure to perform academic duties.