Withdrawal for Medical/Mental Health Reasons
LCCC students may apply to withdraw from courses for medical or mental health reasons. Failure to officially withdraw may result in the recording of failing grades. Students seeking to withdraw due to medical or mental health reasons must withdraw from all registered courses. There are rare occasions when it is appropriate for students to receive a medical withdrawal for one or two courses (ex. a physical injury that prevents the individual from participating in a course that requires physical activity.) Such exceptions will be considered on an individual basis.
*Whenever possible, students are encouraged to consider seeking incomplete grades instead of withdrawing and losing the semester’s work. Students who wish to pursue this avenue must notify the course instructor to discuss remaining requirements and seek approval. (See Incomplete Grade policy).
In order for a Medical/Mental Health Withdrawal Request to be considered for a given semester, all required documents must be completed in full, signed and submitted at any time prior to the start of final examinations week. A Packet for Withdrawal for Medical/Mental Health Reasons can be obtained from the Office of the Dean of Student Development (SSC 126) or accessed here:
- Procedures for Requesting Medical/Mental Health Withdrawal
- Procedures for re-entry following Medical/Mental Health Withdrawal
All approved requests will result in the assignment of “W” grades for each course on the student’s academic transcript. There is no fee for this service. Please note that “W” grades will not be assigned if this request process is not completed prior to the start of final examinations week. In such cases, final grades will be assigned by the instructor(s).
Tuition refunds will be distributed as stated in the College Refund Policy. There will be no refund for medical/mental health withdrawals requested after the college refund deadlines. If the withdrawal is due to a sudden medical/mental health emergency and the student’s account is paid in full, tuition credit (for the up-coming semester) may be considered. Students remain fully responsible for College fees, any outstanding fines and repayment of financial aid as mandated by the Federal Government.
It is important to note that the U.S. Department of Education does not differentiate between a ‘Medical/Mental Health Withdrawal’ and a regular course withdrawal (W or Y grade). If a student who has received financial aid, withdraws from courses (for health reasons or not) before completing 60% of the semester, the U.S. Department of Education requires the College financial aid office to re-calculate the student’s award based on the student’s last date of attendance, to determine what amount of financial aid must be returned to the Federal Government. Under these circumstances, the student will be required to return funds for which they are no longer eligible by the government’s regulations. (See Withdrawal Policy for Students Receiving Financial Aid).
Students who withdraw due to medical/mental health reasons will be required to satisfy conditions of medical clearance prior to re-entry. The required re-entry documentation form is contained in the Packet for Withdrawal for Medical/Mental Health Reasons, or can be downloaded as a separate form.
Withdrawal for Medical/Mental Health Reasons Forms:
- Add/Drop/Total Withdrawal Form
- Student Request for Medical/Mental Health Withdrawal
- Physician/Mental Health Professional Form
- Re-Entry Documentation
Questions and additional information, contact:
Office of Dean of Student Development
Student Services Center 126, Main Campus
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