Mandatory Medical and/or Psychological Withdrawal

When, in the judgment of the University, an individual's behavior is disruptive to the educational and living environment that the University seeks to maintain, the student may be required to receive a psychological and/or psychiatric evaluation and/or participate in a hearing for mandatory medical withdrawal from the University.

A mandatory medical withdrawal may be required for mental and/or physical conditions that interfere with a student's ability to participate in campus life, in situations where there is reason to believe that a student is a threat to him/herself or the University community, or a potential disruption to the educational process of the institution. The Office of the Dean of Students may require immediate leave and/or withdrawal from the University and/or University housing if there appears to be a substantial foreseeable threat.

The University may remove a student from housing, from class attendance or from the campus pending the outcome of a psychological and/or psychiatric evaluation and/or hearing for medical withdrawal if the student poses a risk to self, others or property. Additionally, the student may be charged with violations of the Student Code of Conduct.

The Office of the Dean of Students may request that the student be evaluated at the student's expense by a physician, psychologist or psychiatrist. A student required to receive an evaluation will be notified in writing by the Office of the Dean of Students. This letter may be a confirmation of a verbal directive previously given to the student. The student must inform the Office of the Dean of Students, in writing, of the name and address of the licensed, independent evaluator within 48 hours of receiving the letter. The Office of the Dean of Studentswill provide the evaluator with information regarding precipitating events and issues that need to be addressed through the psychological/psychiatric or medical evaluation.

The student must receive the evaluation as soon as possible. This evaluation must be scheduled within five business days from the date of the letter informing the student of the mandatory evaluation. The evaluator must forward to the Office of the Dean of Students a written report of findings. If a psychological/psychiatric or medical evaluation is required and the student does not comply within the required time, or refuses to comply, the Office of the Dean of Students may automatically withdraw the student from the University without a hearing.

If a student is cleared by a medical professional to return to campus, the student may be required to enter into a Safety Agreement as outlined in the Student Handbook. Should a student fail to comply with the terms of the Safety Agreement, the Office of the Dean of Students may authorize a mandatory medical withdrawal from housing or the University without a hearing.

A student required to participate in a mandatory withdrawal hearing in the Office of the Dean of Students will be notified of the hearing in writing.

The hearing may be informal or may follow a formal hearing process if violations of the Code of Conduct have been alleged. If the student fails to attend the hearing for any reason, the hearing may be held in the student's absence, and the student may be subject to disciplinary action. The student and relevant staff members will have the opportunity to present information to the Office of the Dean of Students. The Office of the Dean of Students shall arrive at a final determination of disposition in a timely fashion and notify the student in writing.

In the event that mandatory withdrawal is ordered, the student may appeal to the vice president for Student Affairs. A request for an appeal must be filed in writing within three business days of receipt of notification of mandatory withdrawal. The student must state the basis of the appeal in the appeal letter. If the vice president for Student Affairs (or designee) judges the appeal to have merit, he/she may meet with the student and/or staff members as part of the appeal process. The vice president's (or designee's) decision is final.

Reasonable deviations from these procedures will not invalidate a decision or proceedings. At any point in the process, the student may voluntarily withdraw from the University or housing. If a student withdraws, the case would be reviewed before a student was allowed to re-enroll.

Mandatory withdrawals shall be for a minimum of one semester, or the remaining portion thereof.

Both the health of the student and the ability to resume academic responsibilities are central to the determination of whether a student may return from a medical withdrawal. Up-to-date medical documentation must accompany requests to return from medical withdrawal. Students are expected to actively engage in taking the necessary steps to seek treatment consistent with the mental or physical condition. In such cases, compliance with recommendations will be considered and student may be required to enter into a Safety Agreement as a condition of return.

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