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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:

DEADLINES for Application Submission - Fall 2014

Tuesday, November 4th

  1. University drop deadline
  2. medical course load reduction deadline

Friday, November 21st - Late medical course load reduction deadline; after November 4th, students must provide medical documentation that warrants late drop

Friday, December 5th - Current semester medical withdrawal deadline; applications and all supporting medical documentation must be submitted by this date

Friday, December 5th - Graduate student course load reduction deadline; applications and all supporting medical documentation must be submitted by this date
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Application for Medical Withdrawal/Course Load Reduction (PDF)

Office of the Dean of Students on withdrawals and readmittance to UT