Medical Withdrawals

Information for Withdrawal for Medical Reasons

A designated physician or his designee at The University of Alabama Student Health Center handles all medical withdrawals and makes the decision to grant or not to grant them. Medical withdrawals are of two types:

  1. Regular Medical Withdrawal: A withdrawal for the current semester:
    • It requires medical documentation from a private physician, psychiatrist, psychologist or therapist. If you have not been seen at The University of Alabama Student Health Center, a letter from your outside provider is required.
    • It requires documentation from providers to the designated physician. Documentation may be by mail, by fax (205) 348-7174 or hand-delivered, but it must be in writing. This documentation should be addressed to Dr. David Maxwell and must specifically recommend withdrawal and it must give a specific effective date.
    • Medical withdrawal cannot be granted if any final examinations for the current semester have been taken.
  1. Retroactive Medical Withdrawal: A withdrawal for a previous semester:
    • It requires medical documentation from a private physician, psychiatrist, psychologist or therapist, or a University of Alabama Student Health Center physician, psychologist or counselor who treated the student during the semester requested.
    • It requires documentation from providers to the designated physician. Documentation may be by mail, by fax (205) 348-7174 or hand-delivered, but it must be in writing and addressed to Dr. David Maxwell. This documentation must specifically recommend a medical withdrawal.
    • Retroactive Medical Withdrawals will be processed as of the last day of the semester in which the Medical Withdrawal occurred.
    • It requires documentation from the dean of the division in which the student is enrolled that no final examinations were taken for the semester in question.

The University of Alabama Student Health Center has no authority to grant a medical withdrawal if there is a medical condition requiring withdrawal and final examinations have been taken. Such a situation must be handled as academic bankruptcy through the dean of the division in which the student is enrolled.

A notation of “W” is entered on the permanent record of the student for all withdrawals from the University for Medical Reasons.

If you have questions about Medical Withdrawal, please call Cheryl Rosamond (205) 348-7164 for clarification or more information.