Withdrawals and Refunds

If a course is canceled or closed, the student is notified immediately, and a full refund is processed automatically unless another course is requested. Students who wish to withdraw from a course must do so in writing. Notification of withdrawal may be e-mailed to odyssey@jhu.edu or delivered/mailed to:

Odyssey Program

Johns Hopkins University
Suite S-740/Wyman Park Building
3400 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21218-2685

See below for refund schedule. For check payments, the processing time for refunds is approximately four to six weeks from the course withdrawal or cancellation date. Credit card refunds will be processed within a few days. The processing time for refunds is approximately four to six weeks from the course withdrawal or cancellation date. Under the revised terms of the university’s remission program, Hopkins employees must withdraw in writing at least five working days before the first class to receive a 100% refund. No 75% refunds are given to JHU employees or affiliates.

Refund Schedule

Courses with fewer than five sessions
100% For withdrawal at least five working days before the first class
75% For withdrawal prior to first class meeting
0% No refund after course begins
Courses with five or more sessions
100% For withdrawal at least five working days before the first class
75% For withdrawal prior to second class meeting
0% No refund after second class meeting

Escort Service

Escort Service Escort services from classrooms to parking areas are available at the Homewood campus by calling 410-516-4600 or 6-4600 from any campus phone.

Shuttle Service

For information on the Blue Jay Shuttle Service, contact bluejayshuttle@jhu.edu or call 410-516-8700.

Personal Injury

At enrollment, students agree to assume risks and liabilities entailed in any course requirement. The student releases and holds harmless Johns Hopkins University, its trustees, faculties, and administration from any injury sustained through his/her actions or the actions of other students enrolled in the course.

Services for Disabled Students

The Johns Hopkins University is committed to providing reasonable and appropriate accommodations to students with disabilities. Students who are in need of accommodations must notify the Odyssey office at odyssey@jhu.edu or call 410-516-7428 at least four weeks prior to the beginning of class. In addition, they must submit a Request for Accommodation Form and documentation completed by an appropriately credentialed professional prior to the beginning of each semester(s) they are registered.


For those courses that require a textbook, textbooks may be purchased through MBS Direct, an online virtual bookstore. Place your order online or by calling 800-325-3252. Most Odyssey classes do not require a textbook, but for those that do, textbooks will be indicated by course number on the MBS Direct Web site. Orders are shipped from MBS Direct within 24 hours. Textbooks are generally delivered to students via UPS.

Library Privileges for Odyssey Students

Physical access

Upon presentation of a photo ID, students may access the library at any time except during restricted exam hours. Dates and hours are posted. Usually access is granted until 4:00pm during exams. When in the building, students can use the book and most of the online collections. Some online collections are restricted by vendors to specific groups.

Borrowing privileges

Students participating in a class lasting 6 or more weeks may apply for borrowing privileges at the Service Desk on M-level. Students need to present a photo ID and proof of registration. They are issued a JHU Libraries Borrowing card and can check out materials for 6 weeks with 2 renewals, or until the date of the last class, whichever is sooner. The Borrowing card also allows students to enter the library during the restricted exam hours.

Inclement Weather

The JHU Weather Emergency Line is 410-516-7781. The line provides information on class and campus closing, due to inclement weather.


Students have several options for on- and off-campus parking. Off-campus metered parking is available on Art Museum Dr. across from the Baltimore Museum of Art and Wyman Park Dr. The bulk of visitor parking is located in the South (Decker Quad) Garage (entrance from Wyman Park Dr.). As a courtesy to our students, discount parking vouchers from the Homewood Parking Office can be purchased through Odyssey registration. For specific questions about on-campus parking, visit the parking website or call the Parking Office at 410.516.PARK. Directions are sent with the student’s registration confirmation.