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Updated on Monday, August 24

#21210

OMG: A major flaw about uni is the fact that we're all so rushed to finish. If something happens and you get sick, tragedy strikes or mentally are unwell, it's like "sorry, we have to take your money and put a with drawl on your transcript".

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  1. This post is spot on.

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  2. It can depend on who you are though. I've seen select people get away with anything while others who've been completely screwed over.

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  3. I feel you OP. This happened to me last year when I had such severe depression that I could barely go out to class. I knew I needed help and that decision nearly ended up ruining my transcript. But I was able to get it petitioned, which anybody also can if they're in a similar situation. I had a friend who was put on OSAP probation when they left :(

    But it makes me saddened to think about people who might have a sick family member etc. etc. so much can go wrong in life.

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  4. With medical evidence you can get a leave of absence for a year if you get sick between your academic terms. Even so, I'll tell you it sucked to get cancer after second year. I did a lot of research on how that worked as well and tried to figure out if there were any "mercy laws" if something were to happen to me. From what I could observe, all student debt is non-dischargeable debt - you cannot file for bankruptcy and the bank's gonna get their money from someone. If someone so much as to co-signed for you, that's who they're gonna come after...

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  5. Money in, money out
    More students in, more students out
    More profits

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  6. I don't know what to say. First of all, I'm glad someone else understands the plight of withdrawal and not necessarily choosing/wanting to, or withdrawing from less than ideal circumstances. If i was refunded for all the courses that I did when I was not sick, that would be quite a lot. Personally I've been afraid to petition after missing the drop date but realising that my situation did not reflect my abilities. Mental health is a tough one because blame is a huge issue, and it becomes a burden if people were to support you, at least some people think of it like that. Another side is, if you paid only if you did as well as you wanted or completed the course, there may be people who take advantage of this and sit through every course, and don't pay because they fake an excuse. Unfortunately, I've been played, however I wouldn't say UW is to blame.

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  7. Sorry, refunded from the courses I did when I WAS sick.

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