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Policies, Rules and Regulations

Chapter Name: Student Programs and Requirements

Chapter No. 8.7

Issue: Student Medical Withdrawal Policy

Effective Date: 6-17-2003

Revision Date: 6-16-2015


Eastern Michigan University strives to maintain a community that is safe for all of its members.

When a student's conduct may jeopardize the health, safety or welfare of the community or one of its members, such conduct will typically be addressed through the Student Conduct Code. There are times, however, when such conduct may be, in whole or in part, the result of a documented medical condition, and/or the behavior is not appropriately addressed through the Student Conduct Code.  In those cases, this Policy may present an alternative to proceeding solely under the Student Conduct Code.  Every student's situation will be reviewed and assessed individually to determine if it is appropriate to apply this Policy.

Section I: Scope of Policy

The Policy will cover behaviors described in Section II that occur on University premises and/or at University-sponsored activities. The Policy may also address off-campus behavior if the University determines that the behavior impairs, obstructs, interferes with or adversely affects the mission, processes or functions of the University.

For purposes of this Policy a student is defined as any of the following:

Section II: Standards for Withdrawal

In accordance with University policy, and applicable federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination based on disability, a student may be medically withdrawn from the University and/or University residences, either temporarily or permanently, if it is determined that the student:

Section III:    Premises Underlying This Policy

The Involuntary Medical Review process will include consideration of the following information:

An involuntary medical withdrawal:

Should only be initiated when:

Section IV:    Procedures Under this Policy

Commencement of the Process

This process may be initiated when:

Informal Review

The Chair of the Student Intervention Team (SIT) or his/her designee will review information as outlined in Section III and schedule a meeting with the student.

At the end of this informal review, the Chair may do one or more of the following:

The role of the team is to determine whether the student should be involuntarily withdrawn from the University and/or University residences or whether the student can remain in school and/or continue to live in University residence under specified conditions.

Involuntary Withdrawal Review Team Hearing

The IWRT will conduct a hearing with the student in order to determine an appropriate course of action under this policy.  The following guidelines will govern the hearing:

Disposition of the Case

Upon completion of the hearing, the IWRT will submit its written findings to the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs or his/her designee within 3 business days. This document will include the recommendation of the IWRT, and the reason(s) for the recommendation.

Reenrollment Process

Appeal Process

The student may appeal any of the actions taken under this policy, provided a written appeal is received by the Office of the Provost within 5 business days from the date of the decision. The following are the only grounds for appeal:

Possible outcomes of the appeal are:

The Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs or his/her designee will issue a written decision within 5 business days. This decision will be final.

The official case file will be retained by the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs' Office for a period of 7 years from a final determination date.

Section V:      Emergency Interim Suspension

Authority for Creation or Revision:

Minutes of the Board of Regents, January 1-, 1966, para. .331M.
Minutes of the Board of Regents, December 5, 1979, para. .2165M.
Minutes of the Board of Regents, December 15, 2011
Minutes of the Board of Regents, June 16, 2015