Medical Withdrawal Purpose and Eligibility

A medical withdrawal is intended for students who incur a significant medical or mental illness prohibiting successful completion of a semester. Only the student is eligible to request consideration for a medical withdrawal. Forms may be obtained by emailing mhc-withdrawreentry@illinois.edu and providing the name, UIN number, complete mailing address, and phone number. Forms can also be picked up at the Mental Health desk at McKinley Health Center or the student may phone Mental Health 217-333-2705 and request forms be mailed.

McKinley Health Center serves the campus Colleges and the Office of the Dean of Students in an advisory capacity. All final decisions regarding withdrawal from all courses or withdrawal from one class is finalized by the College. No student will generally be considered eligible for consideration by McKinley for a medical withdrawal if they have completed the semester as evidenced by having taken the equivalent of their final exams.

Medical Withdrawal Endorsement Period

Once the student submits a completed Endorsement Form for consideration of medical withdrawal, they have a period of 90 days to complete the request by submitting additional documents. A letter of medical support is also required from a licensed clinician, along with supporting medical documentation. This must come directly from the licensed clinician to the Withdrawal Office at McKinley Health Center, 1109 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana, Il 61801. An Authorization form is required as well as a narrative from the student explaining their medical situation and the impact the medical situation has had on their studies and academic responsibilities. Failure to submit all materials with the 90-day period will require the student to resubmit a new Endorsement Form and begin a new cycle of review.

Medical Withdrawal Active Dates

A previous student may request retroactive review for medical withdrawal for up to three previous semesters of work.  For example, a Fall semester previously enrolled student may request consideration of a medical withdrawal for the Fall semester of the previous year with proper submission of forms and documentation.

Medical Withdrawal Consequences

Medical Withdrawal is a formal request for an entire semester of work to be removed from consideration of academic completion, based on medical consideration. Medical review for a partial semester load may be considered with the consent of eligibility obtained from the College. McKinley may stipulate a student remain unenrolled for a period of time (quantified by semester) in order to allow adequate time for the healing process. In such cases, a ‘Hold’ is placed on the Student University Registration Account and the student is unable to enroll in classes until such time as the ‘Hold’ is removed. This typically happens through completion of a Medical Reentry Petition. The respective college in which the student is/was enrolled will determine the outcome of all classwork in which the student was engaged at the time of withdrawal.

Reduction in Course load

With written consent by the student and paperwork obtained from the college, McKinley will review internal and external documentation and provide advice to the respective college regarding advisability of a reduction in course load.  This is for the current or following semester only.

Zero Percent Appointment

With written consent of the student’s college, a reduction to zero is a special consideration for international students if actively engaged in medical treatment which should not be disrupted by deportation. The student is advised to work directly with the specialist primarily responsible for their treatment plan and provide the necessary detail for such consideration to ISSS.

 

 

Medical Reentry Purpose and Eligibility

A medical reentry is intended for students previously enrolled with the University and cannot reenter and register for classes until a ‘Hold’ is removed on their Student Registration Account due to an earlier Medical Withdrawal advisory decision with stipulation. Only the student is eligible to request consideration for a medical reentry. Forms may be obtained by emailing mhc-withdrawreentry@illinois.edu and providing the name, UIN number, complete mailing address, and phone number. Forms may also be obtained at the Mental Health desk at McKinley Health Center or the student may phone Mental Health 217-333-2705 and request forms be mailed.

McKinley Health Center serves the campus Colleges and the Office of the Dean of Students in an advisory capacity. All final decisions regarding reentry is at the discretion of the College. No student is considered eligible for consideration by McKinley for a medical reentry unless the medical withdrawal advice was handled by McKinley. In such circumstance, the student must work directly with their college and McKinley will work directly with the college on request.

Medical Reentry Endorsement Period

Once the student submits a completed Endorsement Form for consideration of medical reentry, they have a period of 90 days to complete the documentation request. A letter of medical support is also required from a licensed clinician, along with supporting medical documentation. This must come directly from the licensed clinician to the Reentry Office. An Authorization form is required as well as a narrative from the student explaining their medical progress and the impact the medical progress is expected to have on their studies and academic success, upon return. Failure to submit all materials within the 90-day period will require the student to resubmit a new Endorsement Form and begin a new cycle of review. Beyond 90 days, the student will be required to reapply and submit new documents. Should the student be unable to complete their file by the stated deadline, they have an option to have their file remain activated for consideration of the subsequent semester but must activate in writing during the endorsement period.

Medical Reentry Active Dates

All reentry application files must be complete 60 days prior to the start of the first day of classes for the semester they have petitioned for reentry.  If the student has begun but not completed their file by the stated deadline, they will be required to begin a new Endorsement Form for consideration of reentry for a subsequent semester. 

Medical Reentry Review and Consequences

Once the reentry file is complete, review by McKinley and an advisory decision will be rendered within two weeks of the completion of the file. The College and the Student are contacted in writing by McKinley in regards to the recommendation for reentry and any further recommendations for consideration of a successful outcome. At this point the ‘Hold’ that has been placed on the Student Registration account by McKinley will be lifted. All final decisions regarding the return of the student is at the discretion of the College.

Medical Reentry Appeals

McKinley serves the student and the campus in an advisory role. All final decisions are at the discretion of the College with or without consultation with the Office of the Dean of Students. No appeals are handled by McKinley due to the nature of our clinical review and advisory role.