Withdrawal Process

How to withdraw 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.

How to withdraw from the semester

If a student wishes to withdraw from all of their courses in the fall or spring semester, they must go through a withdrawal process:

General withdrawal information

  • The semester withdrawal deadline for the spring 2021 semester is 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, 2021.
  • The Dean of Students Office/CARE Team can ONLY process medical withdrawals.

Withdrawing for non-medical reasons

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.

Withdrawing for medical reasons

Students have two options when taking a medical withdrawal: an Administrative Medical Withdrawal or a Self-Medical Withdrawal. Medical withdrawals can happen for physical and/or mental health situations. Our case managers can help students determine which option would be best for them.

Self-Medical Withdrawal
Administrative Medical Withdrawal

Returning from a medical withdrawal

Students who withdraw for medical reasons will need a recommendation from the University Counseling Center or Decker Student Health Services and the Dean of Students Office before returning to Binghamton University.

Provider forms should be submitted at least three weeks in advance of the beginning of the semester of re-enrollment for proper processing. Sometimes more information is required. We want to avoid any delay of your re-enrollment or ability to register for courses within allotted timeframes. 

Students who wish to receive treatment in other ways have the option of submitting a re-enrollment based on an alternative process, which can be approved on a case by case basis. Any students who wish to utilize this process should speak to a case manager.

Due to time constraints, it is less likely that late fall withdrawal students will be able to return in the spring. We recommend students who take a fall semester withdrawal plan to return no sooner than the summer or fall semesters in the upcoming year, with proper documentation.

Step-by-step process:

1. The student engages in treatment with a medical provider.

2. The student’s medical provider faxes the Provider Re-enrollment Form and Release of Information Form to Decker Student Health Services via fax at 607-777-2881. Students should not be submitting these forms. These forms should not be sent to the Dean of Students Office.

3. Decker Student Health Services' professional staff either review the provider re-enrollment form or, when appropriate, forward the form to the University Counseling Center for review.

4. The CARE Team receives a recommendation form from professional staff in Decker Student Health Services or the University Counseling Center. A case manager determines if the return is approved or not, notifies the student of the decision, and completes appropriate administrative tasks (e.g., lifts hold, sends out campus memo, etc.).

  • If re-enrollment is denied: You will receive a letter of notification from the CARE Team via your bmail account, outlining why your re-enrollment was denied and action steps needed for a future re-enrollment.
  • If re-enrollment is approved: You will receive a letter of notification from the CARE Team via your bmail account, outlining any requirements or restrictions for re-enrollment. Your provider will need to give specific information in favor of your return.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 607-777-2804 or dos@binghamton.edu.