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Health Withdrawals

Sometimes, health issues can affect your ability to continue courses or stay in school.

Course withdrawals

Some students request assistance from University Health Services' staff to document reasons for course withdrawals. In general, course withdrawals for medical reasons will be recommended by the treating provider.

University withdrawals

When a health problem precludes successful completion of course work for the current semester, a student may receive a health withdrawal from the university, upon recommendation by the appropriate UHS clinician or from a private treating clinician with a recommendation to the UHS medical director, who makes a final determination.

A voluntary health withdrawal may be requested by any student with a serious health problem who, in the opinion of the clinician, cannot complete course work. All such withdrawals will be reviewed and must be approved by UHS' medical director. To return to the university, a student must present evidence that the health problem no longer precludes successful completion of academic work. In most cases, at least one academic semester must have passed before readmission can be considered.

Rarely, a student will be asked to leave school involuntarily, due to serious life-threatening circumstances. These withdrawals are approved by UHS’ medical director, with input from UHS’ director and the Dean of Students' Office. Involuntary withdrawals may be appealed; procedures are available from the Registrar’s Office. To return, a student must demonstrate they can safely attend school. An interview with UHS' medical director or designee is required for readmission approval.

Withdrawal forms

Withdrawal and readmission forms are available from the Dean of Students' Office, 227 Whitmore Building, and UHS' administrative offices, 150 Infirmary Way, 3rd floor. For more information, call (413) 577-5213.