- 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?
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
- 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.
- If students are pursuing a partial medical
withdrawal, the application must include an "Instructor Recommendation Form"
for each requested course.
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, a Student Affairs representative,
and an Academic Affairs representative).
- The Medical Withdrawal process may take
approximately three 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:
- Students must submit a Medical Withdrawal Application using
the links below;
- Submit a physician's letter, as outlined in
the Guidance for Physician's Letter PDF;
- (Partials Only) Submit a instructor recommendation form for each class being
Medical Withdrawal Guidance
Frequently asked questions:
- Medical Withdrawal Types
- Complete v. Partial
- Deadlines and Status
- Financial Information
- Medical Documentation
- Committee Decisions
- Appeal Process
Application Links & Forms