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Withdrawal Process

Withdrawing from a course

If a student wishes to add, drop or withdraw from a course, there is a process to follow, which is explained on the Registrar’s website. Students are encouraged to consult with the academic advising office of their college beforehand, but they do not need to consult with the Dean of Students Office.

The course withdrawal deadline for the fall 2020 semester is 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, September 8.

Withdrawing from the semester for non-medical reasons

There is a separate process for students wishing to withdraw from all of their courses during the fall or spring semester. All students who intend to take a full semester withdrawal for non-medical reasons are required to complete a Semester Withdrawal Form (electronic form) online. Undergraduates must consult with an academic advisor. Graduate students must consult with their academic department and the Graduate School. If graduate students intend to return to their academic program in the future, they must also complete a Graduate Student Leave of Absence Form.

All students may take a non-medical semester withdrawal anytime between the first and last day of classes. The Semester Withdrawal Form should be completed and submitted by the last day of classes at 4 p.m. 

The non-medical semester withdrawal deadline for the fall 2020 semester is 4 p.m. Monday, December 7.

Withdrawing from the semester for medical reasons

All students can take a semester withdrawal for medical reasons. Medical withdrawals can be taken for physical and/or mental health situations.

The Dean of Students Office can only process medical withdrawals. All students are required to meet with the CARE Team within the Dean of Students Office when taking a medical withdrawal. All students may take a medical semester withdrawal anytime between the first and last day of classes.

The medical semester withdrawal deadline for the fall 2020 semester is 4 p.m. Monday, December 7.

Types of medical semester withdrawals

  • Self-medical: All students must initiate a self-medical withdrawal by submitting the Semester Withdrawal Form (electronic form) and following up with a CARE Team case manager. Graduate students must also complete a Graduate Student Leave of Absence Form and obtain the necessary signatures if they intend to return to the University.
  • Administrative medical: All students must initiate an administrative medical withdrawal by meeting with a CARE Team case manager on or before the last day of classes. They should also have their healthcare provider complete and submit the Provider Withdrawal Form directly to Decker Student Health Services via fax at 607-777-2881. The Provider Withdrawal Form must be sent directly from the health care provider's office. Students and family members cannot fax the documentation to Decker Student Health Services. Graduate students still must complete a Semester Withdrawal form (electronic form) and a Graduate Student Leave of Absence Form and obtain the necessary signatures if they intend to return to the University.

Returning from a withdrawal

Students who are ready to return from a medical withdrawal may initiate the re-enrollment process by having their healthcare provider complete and submit the following forms to Decker Student Health Services via fax (607-777-2881):

Healthcare providers should have the student sign the release of information form, complete the re-enrollment form, indicating the appropriate withdrawal type, and fax them both to the number provided on the form. No forms should be sent to the Dean of Students Office. Once received, the medical team will review the form and make a recommendation regarding the student's ability to return or not based on the progress the student has made while away. The recommendation will be sent to the Dean of Students' office and the student will be notified via email of the decision. Additionally, the student will be informed of next steps and any conditions and/or limitations for their return. Lastly, students are highly recommended to remain in contact and meet regularly with their case manager to assist with their transition back to campus and connect with appropriate resources to aid in their success both personally and professionally.

If you have any questions, contact the Dean of Students Office at 607-777-2804 or dos@binghamton.edu.

Last Updated: 7/22/20