Student Information on Withdrawal For Medical Reasons

Students experiencing significant psychological problems may be able to withdrawal for medical reasons from their entire course load. The individual student initiates this process by contacting the office of the academic dean of their college. This withdrawal must be obtained by the day prior to the last day of classes of any given semester.

Your college might ask that you provide professional verification of your condition. If you worked with a therapist or psychiatrist at Counseling & Psychological Services, inquire about their ability to provide the appropriate documentation.

Withdrawal for psychological/medical reasons will result in a “medical hold” on your student record.
You will receive grades of WP or WF for all of your classes, but your overall GPA will not be affected.

Please note that while the "medical hold" is in effect you will not be able to register. We hope you will be able to return to your studies at Ohio University which you can do after medical clearance has been granted by a health care professional treating your condition. If you decide to apply for re-enrollment to Ohio University, you must complete the following four steps:

1. Write to the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) concerning your re-enrollment at least one month prior to the first day of classes for the semester you wish to attend.
2. Have the practitioner in charge of your treatment forward to us a completed Provider Report Form. You may obtain a Provider Report Form by calling CPS at 740-593-1616, or see below to download this form.
3. You will need to sign a form authorizing the release of information so that a representative from Counseling and Psychological Services can speak to your practitioner in charge of your treatment. You may obtain a release of information from your practitioner, by calling Counseling and Psychological Services at 740-593-1616, or by downloading it from this website. See below to download this form.
4. Please call CPS to verify that the Provider Report Form and Release of Information Form have been received and answer any remaining questions. The University retains the right to grant final clearance. Therefore, it may be necessary for CPS to conduct an evaluation interview prior to re-enrollment.

If you have any questions about the process of medical withdrawal and re-enrollment, please do not hesitate to call Counseling and Psychological Services at 740-593-1616.
Forms to download: Provider Report Form
                              CPS Release of Information
Counseling and Psychological Services
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