Academic Development and Quality Enhancement

Temporary Withdrawal

Undergraduate students may temporarily withdraw from study until the end of the spring term. Postgraduate students may temporarily withdraw from study up to 30th June.

Students considering temporary withdrawal should be directed to the Student Life Centre  as other options or resources may be available to help a student to continue their studies. Students takng temporary withdrawal must comple Section A of the Temporary withdrawal notification form 2017/18 with a Student Life Advisor. Guidance on how to complete the form and who should complete each section is contained within the form.  These Guidance notes for students [DOCX 15.25KB] are also contained within the form. 

If a student has outstanding assessments to complete on or before their return to study, Schools may wish to use the Template Record of Outstanding Assessments for TWD students [XLSX 12.44KB] to record these.  Schools may also wish to use the Template Text for TWD Contact Points [DOCX 15.90KB] when contacting the student.

The student decides when to initiate a period of temporary withdrawal but the Progression and Award Board (PAB) is responsible for determining the return to study date and any retrieval opportunities for assessments that have been missed/failed.  Any Resit or Sit for a missed/failed assessment will be scheduled in the summer vacation assessment period.  The PAB will consider the student's academic performance to date and the number of credits achieved. For undergraduate students re-entry can be at the start of the autumn term or the spring term. Postgraduate students may also be given a re-start date of the beginning of the summer term.

The Temporary withdrawal flowchart [DOCX 36.30KB] shows the decision making process of the PAB for students on temporary withdrawal.

The detailed regulations for temporary withdrawal can be found in section 1.2.7 of the Examination and Assessment Regulations Handbook which is available at  http://www.sussex.ac.uk/adqe/standards/examsandassessment.