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Part 6. Student Affairs

Section IV. Classroom

E. Medical Withdrawal

1. Voluntary Medical Withdrawal

A medical withdrawal because of illness or disability is initiated in the same manner as other withdrawals. The student begins the process in the Office of Registration and Records where a standard petition form is completed by the student. Once the withdrawal petition form is completed, students requesting designation of medical withdrawal must apply to the University Medical Withdrawal Committee. Appropriate medical withdrawal forms may be obtained from the Office of Registration and Records, the Student Service Office in the School of Applied Technology, the Student Health Center, the Counseling and Testing Center, and the University Program Centers of the ISU facilities in Idaho Falls and Twin Falls. Completed forms should be submitted to the Student Health Center within two weeks (10 working days) from the date of withdrawal. The application must include a written summary or a letter from the attending physician describing the problem. The Committee will review the completed application and will determine medical withdrawal eligibility. If a medical withdrawal is granted, notification will be sent to the Office of Registration and Records, Financial Services, Financial Aid Office, Dean of Student Affairs, and the Dean of the College in which the student is enrolled. The student will be notified in writing of the decision to grant or deny the medical withdrawal.

Students wishing to withdraw completely, medically or otherwise, after the established deadline for withdrawals (see current academic calendar) should first contact the dean of the college in which they are enrolled in order to determine the available options (e.g., taking incompletes, medical withdrawal, staying enrolled). Retroactive medical withdrawals are rarely given.

2. Medical Withdrawal Committee

The Medical Withdrawal Committee shall be composed of the Director of the Student Health Center (or designee), the Director of the Counseling and Testing Center (or designee), the University Controller (or designee), the Associate Dean of Student Affairs (or designee), and the Director of the ADA and Disabilities Resource Center (or designee).

3. Appeal of Denial of Medical Withdrawal

If the medical withdrawal is denied, the student may appeal the decision by written request to the Dean of Student Affairs. The appeal must be received within one month of the date of denial. The Dean's (or designee's) decision is final.

4. Readmission

Students who have withdrawn for medical reasons may be required to petition the University Medical Withdrawal Committee for readmission. The decision to require a petition for readmission is based on need for further documentation that the medical condition has been adequately treated and that any necessary accommodations have been prepared to enhance future academic success of the student. The decision is made at the time that the medical withdrawal is granted. This decision will be included in the letter of notification to the student that the medical withdrawal has been granted.

Students may forward their written petition for readmission to the Medical Withdrawal Committee via the Student Health Center staff. The granting readmission decision is based upon consideration of (1) reports of treatment, (2) letters of recommendation and in some instances, (3) a personal interview with the medical director.

5. Appeal of Denial of Readmission

In the event of denial of readmission, the student may appeal to the Dean of Student Affairs. A written appeal (a letter from the student explaining the circumstances) must be received in the Dean of Student Affair's Office within two weeks (10 working days) of receipt of notification of denial of readmission. The Dean's (or designee's) decision is final.

6. Mandatory Medical/Psychiatric Withdrawal

The Directors of the University Counseling and Testing Service and the Student Health Center are authorized to order a mandatory medical or psychiatric withdrawal in those situations where there is reason to believe that a student is a substantial threat to him/herself or interferes with the welfare of other members of the University or the education process of the institution. These directors may require immediate withdrawal if there appears to be a substantial imminent threat. Either director may request that the student be professionally evaluated by a physician, psychologist, or psychiatrist. The student shall be notified in writing of initiation of the withdrawal process.

If a psychological/psychiatric evaluation is requested and the student does not comply within a reasonable time or refuses to comply, mandatory withdrawal may be ordered by either director. The responsible director shall submit a written report to the Medical Withdrawal Committee and Dean of Student Affairs summarizing the need for mandatory withdrawal and the reasons for the action. The student and the director will have the opportunity to present information to the Medical Withdrawal Committee. The Medical Withdrawal Committee shall convene at the earliest reasonable time for final determination of disposition. If the physician ordering the withdrawal is also on the Medical Withdrawal Committee, another physician from the Student Health Center or the Center Director will be appointed to sit on the committee for that case.

In the event that mandatory withdrawal is ordered, the student may appeal to the Dean of Student Affairs. A request for an appeal must be filed in writing to the Dean of Student Affairs within two weeks of receipt of notification of mandatory withdrawal.

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