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  • Unfortunately, there may be times in a student’s academic career when illness becomes so overwhelming that a student is unable to perform academically. In situations where a medical condition severely impedes in a student’s ability to continue in their courses, they may consider petitioning for a medical withdrawal.  
  • The medical withdrawal is intended for the student who has missed significant time from classes due to their hospitalization or participation in an inpatient treatment program.  It is also intended for students who have not been hospitalized but who are experiencing a debilitating physically-based injury or illness or an incapacitating mental health disorder or issue which makes it extremely difficult or impossible for the student to continue to perform academically.  The student should be seeking medical attention or treatment during the semester in question.  


What should I do first?


  • Before students pursue a medical withdrawal they are HIGHLY encouraged to consult their professors to discuss any alternative options to withdrawing from the course.  If there are no options to recover the course, and it's deemed necessary to withdraw, then the student may consider withdrawing using the established withdrawal process.  
  • It is also highly recommended for students to consult the Office of the Dean of Students staff to discuss their options. Often in these situations we can help students identify alternative options to resolve how their health situation is impacting them academically. 


What is required for the Medical Withdrawal Application? 


  1. To be considered for a medical withdrawal a student must be able to provide a letter from a licensed mental health provider for Psychological related withdrawals, or a licensed physician for physical illness withdrawals, that addresses the content outlined in the "Guidance for Physician's Letter" document linked below.  
  2. If students are pursuing a partial medical withdrawal, the application must include an "Instructor Recommendation Form" for each requested course.  
  3. It is highly recommended for students to discuss their situation with their doctor and the Office of The Dean of Students prior to submitting a medical withdrawal application. 


Is there a deadline? 


  • Students who present with a medical condition that renders them incapable of functioning in the academic environment will be evaluated for a medical withdrawal from the University. The request for a withdrawal must be made within six (6) months from the last day of the semester for which the student is applying for a medical withdrawal. All requests including fee petitions that are medical in nature will be reviewed through the medical withdrawal process. 


How do I apply for a Medical Withdrawal?


  • The Medical Withdrawal process is overseen through the Office of the Dean of Students.  Only completed medical withdrawals will be sent onto the Medical Withdrawal Committee (consisting of a Mental Health or Physical Health representative and an Academic & Student Affairs representative).  
  • The Medical Withdrawal process may take approximately six weeks to complete a full review.  This process is initiated once applications that contain sufficient and appropriate information and documentation are received


To apply for a medical withdrawal:   

  1. Students must submit a Medical Withdrawal Application using the links below;
  2. Submit a physician's letter, as outlined in the Guidance for Physician's Letter PDF; and 
  3. (Partials Only) Submit a instructor recommendation form for each class being requested.