Electronic Withdrawal/LOA Process

To request a Leave of Absence or Withdrawal anytime before the last day to withdraw (the end of eighth week or the midpoint of the semester).

  • Sign onto BearPaws
  • Click onto Student Services & Financial Aid
  • Go to Registration
  • Go to Withdrawal/LOA and follow instructions for the two step process

If the electronic process is unavailable, please complete the Leave of Absence/ Withdrawal Form (PDF) and fax or mail the completed form to the Student Success Center, Sisson 128. The SSC fax number is (315) 267-3268. The mailing address is SUNY Potsdam, Student Success Center, Sisson 128, 44 Pierrepont Ave, Potsdam, NY 13676.

Please note that Withdrawals and/or Leaves will not be processed for students who are eligible to be dismissed.

All requests submitted after the mid point of the semester will be held until grades are finalized and standings are available at the close of the semester. Please contact the SSC Office at (315) 267-2580 if you have any questions.