The Dean of Enrollment Services, in consultation with the Disability Support Services Manager, may approve a voluntary medical withdrawal. A medical withdrawal may be requested when extraordinary circumstances, such as a serious illness or injury, prevent the completion of a semester and the deadline to withdraw from that semester has passed. The medical withdrawal policy covers both physical health and mental health difficulties.
The College complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and applicable similar state and federal laws.
Only illness or injury of the student, of extended duration, is normally considered for a medical withdrawal. Consideration will be given only when an illness or injury makes it impossible to complete a term.
Students should submit a letter of explanation along with supporting documentation to the Dean of Enrollment Services for review.
Students who are receiving state or federal financial assistance may be required to return funds to the source of the award. A withdrawal may also have implications for future eligibility for financial assistance.
Students must follow the Appeals process for requests made after a term has ended.
The dean of student success (or designee) may initiate involuntary medical withdrawal from the college, of any student, for behavior that poses a significant risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of such student or others. The dean of student success will meet with the student, who will be given the opportunity to present information regarding the incident(s). If appropriate, the withdrawal determination will be made by the dean of student success and the vice-president for academic and student affairs (or designee) taking into consideration the nature and severity of the potential harm, the imminence of the potential harm, the likelihood that the potential harm will occur, the duration of the risk, the ability to mitigate the risk, and the impact on others in the campus community. This determination will be an individualized assessment of the ability of the student to function safely at the college, based on all documentation received. The college may require the student to undergo a medical evaluation by a licensed mental health professional of the college’s choosing and at the college’s cost. Students must sign a waiver for the mental health evaluator to provide detailed information to the SCC contracted mental health counselor and dean of student students.
If the medical evaluation and other documentation supports involuntary medical withdrawal, the student will receive notification via certified mail from the dean of student success (or designees) stating the reasons for its determination. The student will also be informed of conditions that must be met for re-enrollment. Students may challenge the involuntary medical withdrawal by submitting a written appeal to the vice-president for academic and student affairs (or designee). The written appeal should include supporting documentation from a licensed medical or mental health professional.
SCC expects students on a medical withdrawal to refrain from participating in any activities or utilizing any facilities on the SCC campus during the duration of their medical withdrawal. In addition, a student on a medical withdrawal must respond to outreach by the dean of student success if requested to do so. Failure to comply with these requirements may jeopardize or delay a student’s re-enrollment from the medical withdrawal.
A student who has undergone involuntary medical withdrawal must engage the re-enrollment process from an involuntary medical withdrawal as stated in this policy. The college may require the student to undergo a medical evaluation by a licensed mental health professional of the college’s choosing. The student must sign a waiver allowing the mental health evaluator to provide detailed information to the SCC contracted mental health counselor and dean of student success. A medical withdrawal is not necessarily considered a disciplinary action.
Students must complete all parts of the following re-enrollment procedures:
Approval for re-enrollment from an involuntary medical withdrawal will be communicated in a certified letter from the dean of student success (or designee) to the student’s home address. It is the student’s responsibility to keep the college updated with current contact information. Approval notification will outline any ongoing conditions that must be met for continued re-enrollment as well as any necessary directives.
Students are expected to submit a letter to the dean of student success agreeing to comply with conditions set forth and directly contact the dean of student success to confirm the student’s letter has been received. Failure to complete this process may nullify the approval for re-enrollment.