I'm taking a graduate seminar at the University of Arizona in Tucson this semester, so I am not currently enrolled at ASU. Before I did this I checked with my department, and I was told that I could take one semester off from ASU without any problems, but that if I took two or more off consecutively, I would need to re-apply and get admitted all over again.
It turns out that the person in the anthropology department was misinformed, and when I chose not to enroll this semester, I was dropped from the university. When I called to find out why I could not register, I was told that:
- I would need to fill out an all-new application to the university ("Better start it right now, sir."). This includes listing my high school, all colleges I attended...
- Because of a high volume of applications, I should not expect an answer (i.e., am I accepted) for at least three weeks...
- I would have to move to the latest catalog (i.e., my degree requirements might change)
- I should have filed a Leave of Absence form to avoid the whole mess.
I have worked it all out, and I will be able to register. All is well, but it was a wild ride.