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Medical Withdrawals and Course Load Reductions

Significant medical or mental health problems can affect your ability to attend classes or perform academically. In these cases, you may apply for a course load reduction or a semester withdrawal.

All requests for current semester withdrawal will be processed by the office of the academic dean of your school/college until the mid semester withdrawal deadline. After that date, requests for a semester withdrawal for medical reasons will be processed by University Health Services; and requests for a semester withdrawal for mental health reasons will be processed by Counseling and Mental Health Center.

Before you apply, consider viewing this link about resources available to you for the most common reasons that students withdrawal. These resources might help you such that you can avoid withdrawal, or if withdrawal is necessary, they can be helpful to you to address the concern that you have, setting you up for success subsequent to your withdrawal.

See Helpful Links for instructions describing the application process. Read them carefully. In some instances, approval can affect your financial aid, housing, student academic employment (TA, AI, GRA, fellowship, etc.) and/or immigration status. To proceed:

  1. Read the application process instructions and download the application.
  2. Complete steps 1, 2, and 3 of the application.
  3. Take the application to your Dean's office and obtain the needed signatures.
  4. Finish the application and sign it. Then mail, fax, or take it to:

    Mailing address:
    Application Coordinator, Services for Students with Disabilities
    1 University Station, A4100
    Austin, Texas 78712
    Office location:
    Student Services Building - SSB 4.104
    Fax:
    (512) 475-7730

    Additional contact information is listed on the brochure and the application.

    We cannot process your application until it is complete, including all necessary documentation and signatures.

One of these offices will process your application and notify you of the decision within 10 business days:

DEADLINE dates for application submission for spring 2014:

Tuesday, March 31st: University Drop Deadline (for academic Q-drops) and Course Load Reduction Deadline

Friday, April 18th: Medical or Mental Health Course Load Reduction Deadline (processed through University Health Services or Services for Students with Disabilities/CMHC) NOTE: Must include justification/documentation of why the application was not submitted prior to the University drop deadline.

Friday, May 2nd: Current Semester Medical Withdrawal Deadline