Retroactive Semester Withdrawal

In exceptional cases, a student may appeal for a retroactive semester withdrawal for a previous semester in attendance. All such appeals are reviewed by a committee.

  • Retroactive withdrawals will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If a student wishes to withdraw from multiple semesters, an alternative to this process may be necessary.
  • Retroactively withdrawing from a semester does not reverse the student’s academic standing or financial aid standing resulting from the original grades posted for the semester in question. Students who are placed on academic suspension and/or financial aid suspension will need to seek academic and/or financial aid eligibility reinstatement separately from the retroactive withdrawal process.
  • For students who receive financial aid, please reach out to the Financial Aid Office to discuss eligibility for future aid.

  • Obtain the form electronically (Below)
  • Determine who needs to sign it.  Start with your academic advisor; they will help you find the department chair and Dean.
  • Fill out your demographic information on the form (in the box at the top of the form).
  • Attach your reason for withdrawal and supporting documentation.
  • Sign the form.
  • Student's academic advisor needs to review the appeal and sign the form either recommending or denying the approval of the petition.
  • Chair of the student's major will also need to review the appeal and sign the form either recommending or denying the approval of the petition.
  • Dean of the student's major, or Dean’s designee, will also need to review the appeal and sign the form either recommending or denying the approval of the petition.
  • The Office of the Registrar will forward it to the committee for final review.
  • The Office of the Registrar will communicate the committee’s decision to the student & update the transcript if approved.

Retroactive Withdrawal Form

  • Course Repeats
    • Initial grades will be marked as repeated and remain on the transcript, but they will not be used in the GPA calculation
    • All courses repeated remain on the permanent record but only the last grade received is used to determine credits earned and in calculating the grade point average.
  • Academic Forgiveness
    • Allows a student who returns to the university after a minimum absence of 3 years and completes 30 credits, with a minimum GPA of 2.5 across those 30 credits, to select prior semester(s) they wish to have excluded from their GPA.
  • Grade Change for Single Courses from NF to W
    • Students can have NF grades changed to a W on their transcript by emailing grading@mso.umt.edu from their UMontana email with their 790# and paying the $10 fee charged to their student account.