Medical Withdrawal From The University

Requests for medical withdrawal should be discussed with the academic advisor, referred to the Office of the Dean of Students and, follow the regulations provided in the Barry University Student Handbook. There are no partial medical withdrawals for a term and withdrawals will not be done retroactively.

The Dean of Students renders a decision for re-admission to the University, not re-admission to individual schools or divisions (majors). This is the prerogative of the respective deans. Dialogue regarding re-admission to a particular school or college is the responsibility of the individual student.

Voluntary Medical Withdrawal from the University

If a student is unable to complete the course work or other course of study for a semester due to medical and/or mental health reasons, the student may request a medical withdrawal from the University. Medical withdrawal requests must be supported by appropriate documentation from a licensed care provider and submitted to the Dean of Students. If the requested withdrawal is approved, the student will be withdrawn from the University, leave campus, receive a grade of “W” in all enrolled courses (even if the normal deadline for withdrawal without academic penalty has passed) and the student will be obligated to adhere to re-enrollment requirements outlined below if he or she desires to return to the University.

Any student receiving a medical withdrawal during the term may be required to remain out of class for the succeeding term. This decision will be based on seriousness of illness and time of withdrawal. There are no partial withdrawals for a term. Medical withdrawals must be made within the term being requested (during illness). The institutional refund policy applies.

Students requesting a medical withdrawl must have been enrolled at the University for a period of two semesters or more and have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA. If a student does not meet these criteria, s/he must complete a regular withdrawal from the University, re-apply and, follow the degree requirements in effect at the time of their re-application to the University.

Checklist for students considering a medical withdrawal:

  1. Meet with academic advisor and discuss how the withdrawal would affect student’s standing in the program and/or sequence of needed classes.
  2. Meet with the Dean of Students to discuss the withdrawal.
  3. Obtain documentation from a physician or a mental health practitioner outlining why there is a need a medical leave and how long the student will need to be out of classes. Bring or scan this documentation to the Dean of Students.
  4. The Dean of Students will notify student that documentation has been approved and will start the medical withdrawal process. Copies of paperwork will be sent to the student, academic advisor and faculty.

For both voluntary and required leaves, the policy on refunds contained in the catalogue will apply.

Involuntary Medical Withdrawal from the University

This policy is meant to be administered by the Dean or Students when a student is unable or unwilling to request a voluntary medical withdrawal and such a leave may be necessary because the student’s behavior severely disrupts and/or threatens the University’s learning environment. Before an involuntary medical withdrawal is considered, efforts will be made to encourage the student to take a voluntary medical withdrawal. The Dean of Students may require an evaluation from either the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services and/or the Student Health Center in order to facilitate an informed decision.

Medical Withdrawal Re-enrollment

To re-enroll at the University following a medical withdrawal, a student must contact the Dean of Students. The student must secure a letter from the primary treatment provider that includes dates of treatment, treatment progress, treatment plan, and a recommendation to resume coursework at the University. The Dean of Students will confer with the director of the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services and/or the director of the Student Health Services before clearing the student for registration. If a student has other registration holds, then those must be cleared with the respective departments in order for registration to occur.

Again, please note that the Dean of Students renders a decision for re-admission to the University, not re-admission to individual schools or divisions (majors). This is the prerogative of the respective deans. Dialogue regarding re-admission to a particular school or college is the responsibility of the individual student

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