On occasion, Oklahoma State University students may become the victim of a catastrophic illness, injury, or event-or even death-which occurred while the student was enrolled at OSU and requires their complete withdrawal from the university. At such times, OSU recognizes the need to act in a humane and compassionate manner towards the student and the student's family. OSU recognizes that whenever a student's death occurs, and in some instances of catastrophic illness, injury, or event, the best interest of the student is served by a refund of the student's tuition and fees for the semester in which the death or catastrophic illness, injury or event occured.
The catastrophic withdrawal policy is not intended to take the place of or circumvent the policies dealing with student academic failure, basic inability to meet financial obligations, or any situation in which another withdrawal option would suffice. Please contact the Registrar's Office (405) 744-6876 and review the current enrollment guide for details on other withdrawal options. Additionally, Oklahoma State University's Catastropic Refund Institutional Policy, as well as information on the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education's policy on the refund of tuition and fees is available for review here.
Students and families experiencing catastrophic situations which they believe qualify them for catastrophic withdrawal are encouraged to contact Debbie Stump (405) 744-5328. Significant documentation and approval will be required.