Medical Withdrawal & Re-enrollment

A medical withdrawal provides students the opportunity to take time away from campus for the treatment of a mental or physical health condition that impairs their ability to function safely and successfully as a member of our community. This policy was designed to provide students with individualized attention, consideration and support to address health issues that arise or escalate during their time at UNL. It is important to note that a grade of "W" granted through an approved request for medical withdrawal is the same as the "W" noted on a transcript when a student self-withdraws from a course.

How It Works Medical Withdrawal Form Re-Enrollment Form for After a Medical Withdrawal

Considerations & Medical Withdrawal Request Process

Withdrawing can have implications for degree completion, future registration, financial aid eligibility, return of financial aid funds, visa status, and the University Housing contract. Prior to submitting a request for a medical withdrawal, students should complete the following steps:

Step 1 - Discuss with your Academic Advisor
  • Your circumstances and their impact on your academics
  • Your course syllabi to better understand course options as described by the instructor
  • Current academic calendar and options available to address academic concerns
  • Potential impact of these options on progress to degree
Step 2 - Discuss with Husker Hub
  • Impact of decision on your financial aid and possible repayment
  • Impact of decision on your scholarships and loans
  • Impact of decision on your Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
Step 3 - Discuss with University Housing (if you currently live in a residence hall)

University Housing will consider the cancellation of housing contracts, waive cancellation fees, and sometimes prorate the return of funds for unused housing and meals. The extent to which a refund for housing is provided is heavily dependent on the use of housing and dining facilities. As long as a student continues to reside in the residence halls, even though they may not be going to class, the university will deem the student as consuming housing resources.

Step 4 - Consider Campus Resources

Consider the programs, cohorts or services with which you're connected and notify them of your intentions. These may include but are not limited to CAPS, SSD, Athletics, WHT, NCPA, OASIS, ISSO, Fraternity & Sorority Life, etc.

Step 5 - Complete the Request Form

Personal Statement

You'll need to include a written personal statement that explains your medical condition and its impact on your ability to perform academically. This statement should identify:

  • When the medical condition began
  • How the medical condition adversely affected attendance or participation in classes
  • Last date(s) of attendance/participation for each class
  • Steps that you've taken to address the medical condition such as seeking treatment (off or on campus), discussing concerns with instructors or advisors or utilizing other campus resources

Students requesting to withdraw from some, but not all classes must thoroughly explain how their medical condition impacted classes differently. Their statement should also speak to the alternatives the student explored with their academic advisor to address their situation such as talking to professors, incompletes, petition for late withdrawal, request for medical withdrawal. Please note that approval of request for a partial medical withdrawal is extraordinarily rare.

Provider Documentation

Students will need to submit documentation from an impartial, licensed health care provider consisting of a letter on clinic letterhead with the provider’s full name, credentials and signature that explains:

  • The date of onset of illness, injury, or condition
  • The nature of the student’s medical condition, its impact on the student, and how and why it will interfere or has already interfered with the student’s performance
  • The dates the student was or will be under professional care or receiving treatment
  • The nature and extent of care and treatment
  • The potential health or clinical consequences if a medical withdrawal is not granted

Provider documentation that does not address each of these elements will result in the medical withdrawal request not meeting the threshold for approval.

Request Medical Withdrawal
Step 6 - Sign the Release

You'll need to sign and submit two releases:

  • The first will authorize your health care provider to speak with the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or the Title IX Coordinator to clarify any information presented in the documentation. The release should be available from your medical or mental health provider.
  • The second release will authorize the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, their designee, or the Title IX Coordinator to share the documentation with university-employed or contracted health care providers for the purposes of consultation and interpretation. The opportunity to acknowledge and sign this release is included in the Medical Withdrawal Request Form.
What's Next

Withdrawal requests are reviewed monthly by the Behavioral Intervention Team. Prior to full review, students may be asked to provide supplemental documentation. You will be notified after a determination has been made.

Re-enrollment After a Medical Withdrawal

Students are encouraged to complete the re-enrollment process at least eight (8) weeks prior to the term in which they intend to enroll. Students who have not been enrolled at UNL for three (3) consecutive semesters or have been academically dismissed will need to complete the re-application process through the Office of Admissions. This is separate from the re-enrollment process with Student Advocacy and Support.

Prior to submitting a request for re-enrollment students should complete the following steps:

Step 1 - Discuss with your Academic Advisor
  • Your current circumstances and a reasonable course load
  • Adjustments to your academic plan
  • Upcoming academic calendar and options to address academic concerns
  • Academic resources that can provide assistance and support
Step 2 - Discuss with Husker Hub
  • Any outstanding bills
  • FAFSA
  • Available scholarships or loans
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and any necessary appeal
Step 3 - Connect with Campus Resources
  • Consider connecting or re-connecting with the programs, cohorts or services that will support your return to campus.
  • These include but are not limited to CAPS, SSD, Athletics, WHT, NCPA, OASIS, ISSO, Fraternity & Sorority Life, etc.
Step 4 - Complete the Re-enrollment Request & Submit Required Documentation

Personal Statement

You will need to submit a personal statement that explains the following:

  • How you have addressed yoru medical condition during your time away from UNL
  • How you anticipate using services on and off campus to support your health and academic success going forward

Provider Statement

Students will need to submit documentation from an impartial, licensed health care provider consisting of a letter on clinic letterhead with the provider’s full name, credentials and signature that must explain:

  • The nature and duration of the provider's relationship with the student
  • The nature of the therapy or treatment they provided
  • The effectiveness or success of the treatment or therapy
  • The need for additional therapy, treatment or support, or accommodations and the extent to which they can be provided while the students is simultaneously enrolled at the university
  • A statement of professional opinion that the student is ready to return to university study

Note: Documentation that does not address each of these elements will result in the re-enrollment request not meeting the threshold for approval.

Request to Re-enroll After a Medical Withdrawal
Step 5 - Sign the Release

You'll need to sign and submit two releases:

  • The first will authorize your health care provider to speak with the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or the Title IX Coordinator to clarify any information presented in the documentation. The release should be available from your medical or mental health provider.
  • The second release will authorize the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, their designee, or the Title IX Coordinator to share the documentation with university-employed or contracted health care providers for the purposes of consultation and interpretation. The opportunity to acknowledge and sign this release is included in the Request to Re-enroll After a Medical Withdrawal form.
What's Next

Re-enrollment requests are reviewed monthly by the Behavioral Intervention Team. Prior to full review, students may be asked to provide supplemental documentation. You will be notified after a determination has been made.