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Withdrawal, Suspension & Exclusion

The following resources support understanding and application of the Regulations

The University's Procedure for Students at Risk of Academic Failure covers a number of scenarios relating to student withdrawal, suspension and/or exclusion.

Frequently Asked Questions


If I leave the University or suspend my studies, do I have to pay any outstanding fees?

If you suspend or withdraw from your studies, the University may recalculate the fees you are liable for. The exact amount will depend on the point at which you suspend/withdraw. A full breakdown of costs is available within the University’s Regulations for the Payment of Fees.


I'm thinking of withdrawing from my course - who can give me advice?

In the first instance, you should always discuss your situation with your Academic Tutor or Programme Leader. In addition, a wide range of support and advice is available from specialist teams within the University. These include:

Expert support is also available from the Students’ Union Advice Centre.


I'm thinking of suspending my studies - who can give me advice?

In the first instance, you should always discuss your situation with your Academic Tutor or Programme Leader. In addition, a wide range of support and advice is available from specialist teams within the University. These include:

Expert support is also available from the Students’ Union Advice Centre.


Can I re-enrol after I've withdrawn / been excluded from my course?

If you have withdrawn or been withdrawn from your course by the University, you may submit a new application to the same or another course at a later date.

If you have been expelled from the University for academic reasons, this will apply at an institutional level and you will not be able to return to study on your original course or transfer to another course within the University.


What does the University class as 'professional unsuitability'?

Expulsion on the basis of professional unsuitability only applies to students on programmes including or leading to a professional qualification or conferring practitioner status. The types of incident or behaviour that may give rise to a judgement of professional unsuitability include, but are not limited to:

  • failure to comply with the professional requirements of your programme
  • failure to adhere to the professional standards specified for training purposes
  • failure to abide by a relevant code of practice
  • unsuitability to undertake professional practice or placement
  • a criminal conviction that makes it inappropriate to continue your studies

Can the University exclude me / suspend my studies if I do not have permission to remain in the UK?

Yes. The University monitors the status of overseas students at the start of each term. Should you intentionally overstay your immigration permissions to remain in the UK MMU will withdraw you from your studies with no right of appeal.

Where you have overstayed but are in a position to extend your immigration permissions within 28 days of the overstay, the university may suspend your studies until a new Certificate of Acceptace of Studies (CAS) can be issued.


How do I formally suspend my studies?

If you are considering suspending your studies, you should always first consult with your Academic tutor or Programme Leader, along with the Student Financial Support Team to see if this is the best course of action.

Should you decide to suspend your studies, regardless of the length of suspension, you should complete a Request for Suspension of Studies Form and submit this to the relevant Student Hub. The University will inform you in writing of the outcome, and tell you any additional steps that you need to take.


How do I formally withdraw from my studies?

If you are considering withdrawing from your studies, you should always first consult with your Academic tutor or Programme Leader, along with the Student Financial Support Team to see if this is the best course of action.

Should you decide to withdraw, you should complete a Notification of Withdrawal Form and submit this to the relevant Student Hub with a written statement of the reasons why you wish to withdraw.


How long can I suspend my studies for?

You can suspend your studies for a period of up to one year.


How many times can I suspend my studies?

There is no formal limit to the number of times you can suspend your studies. However, whilst the majority of first requests for suspension will be accepted, any second or subsequent requests will be given careful consideration by your Dean of Faculty and Chair of a Faculty Exceptional Factors Panel. Second or subsequent requests for suspension will only be approved where there is a strong likelihood of you returning to, and successfully completing, your course.


What happens if my suspension request is not approved?

If your suspension request is not approved, you will be offered the opportunity to continue on your course. If you choose not to continue, you will be withdrawn from your course.


How do I appeal against withdrawal by the University

You have the right to appeal the decision to withdraw you from your course. Please download and complete the appeal against withdrawal form. This should be submitted within one week of the date of your Withdrawal letter to the Student Case Management Team:

Email: complaintsappeals@mmu.ac.uk
Post: Student Case Management Team
Room 2.01 New Business School
All Saints Campus
Manchester
M15 6BH

Or drop it off at any Student Hub.

Your appeal will be considered by a Panel of Assessors. The Panel will consist of two academic members of staff from a Faculty other than your own, as well as a Students’ Union representative. You may continue attending classes pending a decision on your appeal.

Students are able to appeal the decision to withdraw them on one of three grounds:

  • That your engagement with the course has been affected by exceptional factors which you have not disclosed at an earlier stage in the process.
  • That there has been a material irregularity in the conduct of the Withdrawal process.
  • You can demonstrate that you are not yet at the stage of being unable to complete the academic work required to secure a pass at the end of the current academic session.

Please ensure you fully complete the form providing all relevant information and documentation as necessary.

If you need any advice on submitting an appeal, you should contact the Students’ Union Advice Centre:
(E: s.u.advice@mmu.ac.uk or T: 0161 247 6533)


Further Support

Students having difficulty understanding any aspect of the Assessment Regulations should contact their Faculty Student Support Officer, or the Students' Union Advice Centre - which offers support and guidance in relation to Assessment. Additional support is also available from Student Hubs, or from your Programme/Unit Leader.