Policy Statement (A)

POLICY RE: REVISED MEDICAL WITHDRAWAL POLICY. At its April 20, 1995 meeting, the Faculty Senate voted to recommend approval of the proposed policy.

This policy will be included in the next edition of the CSUN Undergraduate/Graduate catalog, and is effected with the Fall 1995 semester.


Blenda J. Wilson, President



Date of Report: March 24, 1995

To: Faculty President

From: Educational Policies Committee

By: Margaret Fieweger

At its meeting on March 8, 1995, the Committee adopted a policy recommendation by passing a motion as follows:

MSP to approve the medical withdrawal policy, as amended at the current meeting.


The forgoing motion appears in the minutes as item No. I.


The Academic Advisement Committee recommends the following change to the present Medical Withdrawal policy (1994-96 catalog, page 496):

Students seeking medical withdrawal may complete the necessary forms at the student Health Center. Upon receipt of verifying information from a student's personal physician, the Director of the Health Center will evaluate the case. If a medical withdrawal is granted, reevaluation by the Health Center may be required prior to readmission.

Old: A medical withdrawal constitutes complete withdrawal from the University for the academic period in question. The medical withdrawal process may not be used to drop a portion of a student's program of study, nor for other than established medical purposes. Medical withdrawals will not be authorized if a student has taken final examinations.

New: A medical withdrawal usually constitutes complete withdrawal from the university for the academic period in question. In cases where medical evidence and the specific physical demands and environment of the classes overwhelmingly support withdrawal from only a portion of a student's program of study, partial withdrawals will be permitted. medical withdrawals will be granted solely for established medical purposes prior to a student taking final exams.

Retroactive medical withdrawals will be limited to one calendar year. Medical withdrawals due to illness in the family will be granted only if the student is needed to care for the family member.

The above change would allow the Director of the Health Center to authorize/evaluate the medical documentation, and if that documentation supports selected withdrawals, to exercise that option.

During their deliberations, members of the Academic Advisement Committee noted numerous instances where complete withdrawal had not been in the best interest of either the University or the student, but the current policy had forced complete withdrawal nonetheless.

Presently the university processes approximately 150 medical withdrawals a semester. The Academic Advisement Committee recommends that the Educational Policies Committee receive a yearly report that will include the number of complete and partial medical withdrawals granted