Involuntary Medical Withdrawal Policy – Student Affairs

The University will make reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities as determined under applicable law. However, students are considered adults when attending the University, and students have a responsibility to not cause harm to others and to participate in University life safely. A student who poses a significant danger of serious harm to the health or safety of others at the University may be involuntarily withdrawn from the University by the Dean of Students or designee.

Such action will be taken only after appropriate consultation with the Director of the Student Health Care Center or the Director of the University Counseling Center and the Behavioral Consultation Team (BCT). In determining whether a student should be recommended for involuntary withdrawal, the BCT shall consider the nature, duration, severity, and probability of the threat, relying on the most current medical evidence or the best available objective evidence posed by a student with a disability, as well as determine whether reasonable modifications of its policies, practices or procedures could significantly mitigate the threat.

Absent exigent circumstances creating an imminent risk of harm, the BCT’s assessment will be made prior to a decision to involuntarily withdraw a student based on the threat he or she poses to others.

Specifically, a student subject to involuntary withdrawal shall be accorded:

  • written notice of the University’s decision to act under this regulation stating the reasons for the action;
  • the opportunity to respond to the Dean of Students or designee;
  • the opportunity to appeal the decision to the Vice President for Student Affairs or designee within ten (10) days.

Should exigent circumstances warrant, a student may be subject to an immediate temporary withdrawal, pending a further determination. A student subject to an immediate temporary withdrawal shall be provided notice of such withdrawal stating the reasons and an opportunity to respond to the Dean of Students or designee and present evidence as soon as reasonably possible after such withdrawal. Full due process (the opportunity for a hearing) shall occur within 30 days of the determination to place a student on temporary withdrawal.

Failure of a student to take the opportunity to respond at the time and in the manner provided by the University shall not affect the validity of or delay any decision made under this Regulation.

A student subject to involuntary withdrawal shall receive a refund of fees as provided in University of Florida Regulation 3.0371.

A student who is involuntarily withdrawn shall have a hold placed on his or her records, and the University may impose conditions for readmission, including but not limited to one or more of the following:

  • requiring the student to provide the Dean of Students or designee a complete written assessment from student’s licensed psychiatrist or other licensed mental health provider that the student is ready and able to safely return to his or her educational pursuits;
  • determination from an outside independent licensed psychiatrist or other licensed mental health provider retained by the University that the student is ready and able to safely return to the University;
  • a written agreement from the student to attend and participate in any treatment/programs/meetings to the extent recommended by student’s licensed mental health provider and/or an independent licensed psychiatrist or other licensed mental health provider retained by the University; and/or
  • determination by University officials that student has met conditions for readmission and that the University has appropriate resources to support and meet any ongoing needs of the student.