Student Handbooks

The University may update its policies, procedures, admissions requirements, curriculum, course offerings and requirements, course delivery modes or methods (including whether virtual or in person), arrangement of courses, academic and semester calendar, schedule, and duration graduation or degree requirements, conditions for eligibility for financial aid, tuition rates and fees, and resources and programming offered to students at any time for any reason. Any updates made to the Handbook will be communicated to students. It is the responsibility of each student to keep well-informed with respect to the policies and requirements in this Handbook and all other policies of the University, school, and program in which they are enrolled. This Handbook applies to current students and is not a contract.

The School of Continuing Studies requires students to adhere to all School and University regulations while completing their studies. The most up-to-date policy guidelines are found in the Academic Rules and Regulations handbook. Additionally, students must meet program specific requirements as outlined in the Graduate Program Academic Catalog (MALS, MPS, EMPS, and DLS students) and the Undergraduate Bulletin (Bachelor's students).

Students should familiarize themselves with the rules, regulations, and procedures relevant to pursuing a degree at SCS and attendance at Georgetown. Unawareness of these rules will not be accepted as an excuse for failure to act in accordance with them.

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—August 15; Spring—December 10; Summer—August 15) 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