Medical Withdrawal

Unfortunately, there may be times in a student’s academic career when unexpected medical situations arise that interfere with the student’s ability to be academically successful in a given semester. There are two types of medical withdrawals. Regular Medical Withdrawal must be requested prior to the last day of the semester. Retroactive Medical Withdrawal must be requested within 6 months of the last day of the semester.

If you believe a student is in need of medical withdrawal, please consider the following requirements under the official policy:

  • A Medial Withdrawal will withdraw the student from all classes for the semester requested. Students are unable to choose which classes to specifically withdraw from.
  • The effective date for the Medical Withdrawal is determined by the UA Student Health Center physician.
  • Both the student and treating licensed healthcare provider must complete the official Medical Withdrawal form (with dates corresponding to the timeline requested) to begin the process of Medical Withdrawal. A letter from a physician alone will not suffice.

It’s important to note that once a Medical Withdrawal has been processed, a registration hold is placed on the student account. To return to campus for enrollment, the treating healthcare provider must complete the Licensed Provider Recommendation for Medical Clearance Form that supports the student’s ability to return to campus. A list of all forms needed can be found below. 

The purpose of this policy is to provide academic relief to the student, not financial relief.   Please refer the Student Receivables website for the financial impact of withdrawals at different stages in the semester.

If you are unsure about whether medical withdrawal is the appropriate course of action for one of your students, please call Cheryl Rosamond at (205) 348-7164 or email cdrosamond@ua.edu. We are here to help and support you through this process.