Medical Withdrawal - Undergraduate

The following information is intended to help students and their families make informed decisions about medical withdrawals. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact [[dghayg, Donna Haygood-Jackson]], the office's Case Manager. Petitions for partial medical withdrawals are due on Fridays at 5:00 p.m. in order for the Committee to evaluate them at the weekly meeting on Tuesdays. Any petitions not completed during the semester in which the process began will be archived.


The Committee on Academic Status does not consider petitions for actions that occurred more than twelve months earlier.  We believe there are multiple points along the span of a year when students have the opportunity to consider their options for academic relief in a timely manner. In addition, the College devotes significant time and energy to making sure students understand the supportive resources available to them.  
Important Terms
Medical Withdrawal: Mid-semester withdrawal due to documented medical concerns.
Medical Leave of Absence: Leave taken after a semester is completed due to documented medical concerns.
Medical Clearance: Process following a medical withdrawal or leave of absence that allows students to be reenrolled at William & Mary. All students on medical leaves and withdrawals, including retroactive, must be cleared before returning.
Retroactive Medical Withdrawal: Medical withdrawal applied to a semester already completed after the last day of classes.
Wellness Agreement: Signed set of expectations mutually agreed upon by the student, the Medical Review Committee and the student’s healthcare providers that establish conditions for maintaining the student’s safety and mental health while on campus.
Important Information

International Students: Students on an international visa must consult with the Office of International Students, Scholars and Programs before petitioning for any course load adjustment. 
Financial Aid: All students considering a medical withdrawal or medical leave of absence should be familiar with the financial implications of their decision.  We reccomend working with the Office of Financial Aid when making the decision to petition for any course load adjustments.

Withdrawal and Leave of Absence Form (PDF)