Leave of Absence

You may apply to the Registry Officer (Student Support) for a Leave of Absence in any semester where exceptional circumstances have affected, are currently affecting, or will affect your ability to engage with your studies.

See the University’s Policy on Leave of Absence.

Withdrawal from Studies

If you are considering withdrawing from your studies at the University you should discuss the matter with Student Services in the first instance. Further information is available regarding changes of circumstances.

Termination of Studies

If your academic performance is unsatisfactory, i.e. you have gained insufficient credits to progress to the next stage of your degree programme or breached conditions of your probation, your studies may be terminated. You will then be notified by the Associate Dean (Students) that your studies are terminated and you will have five working days to appeal this decision using the appropriate form. This should be supported by documentary evidence specifying the reasons for your unsatisfactory performance.

If you do not submit an appeal, you will have your studies automatically terminated in accordance with Senate Regulations. Your full student record is taken into account in any review, including any instances of non-academic misconduct. However, in the first instance, only your credits attained in a relevant number of semesters are taken into account. For more information, please see the information on Termination of Studies and Early Academic Intervention and the Undergraduate Regulations (termination is covered in items 45 and 46) or the Postgraduate Regulations (termination is covered in B.VI for PGT MSc students).

If the appeal is successful, the Dean will contact you with conditions for your return to studies. If you do not meet these conditions (e.g. you do not pass the specified amount of credits within the time period given by the Dean) your studies may be terminated again.

If your appeal is unsuccessful, you may have a further right of appeal to the Senate of the University. Appeals to Senate are admissible only on limited grounds and the process cannot be used to challenge matters of academic judgment. To make a Senate submission, you must submit to the Senate Office a Stage 2 appeal form within 10 working days of the date stated on your termination letter. Late submissions may not be considered further by the University.

For further information, see the University’s Policy on Student Academic Appeals.

International students here at St Andrews on a Tier 4 visa should be aware that any terminations will be reported to the UKVI and their visa curtailed.

Contact: Student Services, The ASC, 79 North Street, KY16 9AL, 01334 462020, 
Email: theasc@st-andrews.ac.uk

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Last Published: 20 Jul 2021.