Student Handbooks

The Office of Academic Affairs & Compliance monitors the progress of students to ensure that they meet the minimum academic standards of the School. However, each academic program maintains its own rules and regulations. Please refer to your program's handbook for specific policies and procedures.

School & University Policies

In addition to the academic and administrative policies described in the handbooks above, some policies apply to all students attending the School and/or Georgetown University. These policies include, but are not limited to, the following:

Academic Policies

  • Leave of Absence Policy: Administered by Academic Affairs & Compliance
    • Degree program students who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces should contact both their program advisor as well as the Office of Veteran Services ( to pursue a military LOA. Noncredit students should email
    • All other SCS students in degree programs must request a formal Leave of Absence (LOA) for any fall/spring semester during which they cannot enroll. Students do not have to request a LOA for the summer semester unless they are in a cohort-based Executive Master of Professional Studies degree program. However, students on a LOA must request a return by the deadline for any semester (Fall—July 1; Spring—November 1; Summer—May 1) that they plan to resume their studies. Students who do not enroll and who do not receive a formal LOA will be withdrawn for failure to register and be subject to re-enrollment and re-admission policies. Students cannot request more than two semesters of LOA (fall/spring or spring/fall) at a time, and they cannot take courses elsewhere for transfer credit while on a LOA. Students who request a LOA during a semester during which they will be concurrently withdrawn from classes will be subject to the registration, payment, and refund deadlines and policies for that semester. All enrollment periods and cessations (including Leaves of Absence and Withdrawn for Failure to Register) are recorded on the transcript. To request a LOA or a return from a LOA, please complete the LOA form in consultation with your department and return to SCS Academic Affairs.
  • Transcripts: Administered through the Registrar's Office
  • Tuition-Related Deadlines and Tuition-Related Policies and Procedures for Credit Students Only: Administered through the Registrar's Office and Student Accounts
  • University Policies

Student Wellness


Public Safety

  • Crime Statistics and Clery Act: Administered through the GU Police/Department of Public Safety, DPS
  • Threat Assessment: Georgetown University established its Threat Assessment program as part of an extensive emergency planning initiative. The program at Georgetown has been developed and implemented to meet current best practices and in accordance with national standards for hazard planning in institutions of higher education and for workplace violence prevention