The University has a long-standing policy (09-05-08) that permits students who have orders mobilizing them to active military duty to drop all classes, without regard to the date they are mobilized. Students need to submit a copy of their orders to do so. Pitt-Johnstown will do whatever is required to have students called to active military duty transition out of the University as expeditiously as possible.
In most cases, we will drop the term’s registration so the student will owe no tuition for the term and receive no grades. There will be exceptions to this, depending on personal and/or financial reason.
For instance, if a student received a refund from Title IV funds (usually Stafford or PLUS), dropping all courses will create a debit balance for the student when the loan is returned to the lender. The student needs to be made aware of the situation. If that’s the course of action you and she or he agree upon, and the student may need to be set up on a payment plan (at no cost to them).
If the student receives mobilization orders near the end of the term, faculty may be willing to grade the student even though the student may not be available to take a final exam. If that’s the case, the student need not drop all courses, and they will earn the term’s grades and credits.
If the student’s length of service goes beyond the grace period established for repayment of loans, the student will have to request forbearance, due to their military duty, from the institution that is asking for repayment.
For more information, contact the Registrar's Office at 814-269-7055.