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Medical Withdrawals

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Students who present with a medical condition of such severity or duration, as confirmed in writing by a physician, that renders them incapable of completing their courses must first attempt to withdraw by the withdrawal deadline of the affected term as posted on the academic calendar. Students who withdraw from their classes by the withdrawal deadline may be evaluated for a medical withdrawal by submitting a Medical Withdrawal petition with all required documentation.

In order to be eligible for a Medical Withdrawal, a student must provide documentation of an illness or injury which was not previously known to the student, or which was believed to have been treated and resolved. The student must also provide evidence of having experienced an escalation of symptoms and documented evidence of having received treatment during the semester for which they are seeking the withdrawal.

Note: Students may not use the Medical Withdrawal process as a result of medical issues of dependents or family members.

Types of Medical Withdrawals

Physical or Mental Health Medical Withdrawals

Medical withdrawal applications may be submitted for either physical health or mental health conditions. Students will be asked to elaborate on their medical condition, any diagnosis, symptoms, treatment, etc. and how this has impacted their ability perform academically.

Full Medical Withdrawal

A petition to withdraw from all courses within a semester. If the medical condition is affecting a current semester, students should withdraw from all courses by the withdrawal deadline as articulated in the academic calendar before petitioning for a medical withdrawal.

Partial Medical Withdrawal

A petition to withdraw from less than all courses within a semester. If the medical condition is affecting a current semester, students should withdraw from all courses by the withdrawal deadline as articulated in the academic calendar before petitioning for a medical withdrawal.

Overview of the Process

Before the Process

  • Consult your professor to discuss alternative options to withdrawing from the course.
  • Consult other offices that could be impacted by a Medical Withdrawal
    • Academic Advising, Financial Aid, Student Financial Services
  • Recommended: Consult the Dean of Students Office staff to discuss your options. 

Submitting Your Application

  1. Submit your medical withdrawal application.
  2. Submit a physician's letter, as outlined on the Ready to Submit page.
  3. (Partials Only) Submit an Instructor Feedback Form for each class requested.

It is highly recommended for students to discuss their situation with their doctor, their professors, and the Dean of Students Office prior to submitting a medical withdrawal application. 

Application Review

  • Only completed medical withdrawals will be sent onto the Medical Withdrawal Committee.  
  • 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

Re-Enrollment

Remember that you are responsible for all courses that you add to your schedule, regardless of when you add those courses.
  1. Complete your Re-Enrollment Success Plan
  2. Schedule a Re-Enrollment Success Plan Meeting with the Dean of Students Office
  3. Submit the Mental Health Re-Enrollment Provider Form or the Physical Health Re-Enrollment Provider Form