PURPOSE / SCOPE:
A prospective student that has been accepted for enrollment may have cause to postpone their enrollment for a period of time. This policy outlines the deferment of matriculation.
Deferment - the action or fact of putting matriculation as a student at ICOM off to a later time; postponement of initial matriculation and enrollment.
POLICY AND PROCEDURE:
Accepted applicants that can demonstrate extenuating or unexpected circumstances may request a one-year deferment for consideration. Requests for deferral will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The College reserves the right to offer or deny a deferral request, at the discretion of the Director of Admissions and the Associate Dean for Student Services.
The applicant must submit a deferral request in writing, via email, to the Director of Admissions, who will review the reason for the deferral and any supporting documentation. The Director of Admissions will inform the applicant via email if the requested deferral is approved or denied.
The deadline to request deferral is no less than 30 days prior to the beginning of orientation.
Deferment requests should not be made to delay a decision in the given acceptance timeframe or to wait for an admission offer from another medical school. An applicant may only request or be offered a 1-year deferment. If the deferred applicant does not matriculate the following cycle year, the admission offer will be rescinded. Deferred applicants who did not matriculate by the next allotted cycle must reapply and follow the same admissions processes as all other applicants.
In very rare circumstances, a second deferral may be requested. The applicant would be responsible for submitting a request to the Director of Admissions and Associate Dean for Student Services, with documentation, to extend the original deferral for a subsequent year.
PRIMARY POLICY OWNER:
Associate Dean for Student Services