Petition Types

  • Medical Withdrawal by Deadline

    Petition to withdraw from all of your courses from a current semester.

    You have withdrawn from all courses by the last day to drop a class deadline.

  • Retroactive Semester Medical Withdrawal

    Petition to withdraw from all of your courses from a previous semester.

    You have either withdrawn from all courses by the last day to drop a class deadline, received grades in your courses, or a combination of both.

  • Medical Drop by Deadline

    Petition to withdraw from an individual course(s) from a current semester.

    You have dropped an individual course(s) by the last day to drop a class deadline with your academic adviser.

  • Retroactive Semester Medical Drop

    Petition to withdraw from an individual course(s) from a previous semester.

    You have received a grade(s) in your course(s).

Deadlines and Status

No, you can submit a medical withdrawal petition at any time. We encourage students to submit the application within six months of the last day of classes for the semester that the student is petitioning, though that is not a requirement. If you would like to be eligible for tuition reimbursement, however, your petition must be submitted within six months of the last day of classes for the semester you are petitioning. For more information about the tuition reimbursement, please see questions below.
No, you may submit documents for the petition at any time. As documents are submitted, they will be added to your file. You can log into One.UF and view which documents have been received and which documents are still missing. Please submit your documentation to the Dean of Students Office in one of the following ways:

· Email to MedicalWithdraw@dso.ufl.edu (Preferred)
· Fax to 352.392.1216
· Mail to:
Medical Withdrawal Process
Dean of Students Office
Peabody 202
P.O. Box 114075
Gainesville, FL 32611

The committee meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.
No, the Medical Withdrawal Petitions Committee is anonymous and does not allow for in person meetings with students.
The sooner, the better. Due to the large number of petitions received and processed by our office, even once a petition is complete, we cannot guarantee that the committee will be able to review your petition at the next committee meeting. Petitions are reviewed in the order that they are completed. Any petitions not reviewed during a committee meeting will be forwarded to the following committee meeting.
You can check your petition status online at https://one.uf.edu. After logging in to One.UF, locate the My Online Services menu on the left side of the screen. Click on the “My Record” tab and then click on “Petition Status.” You can see what documentation has been received and what documentation is still needed to complete the petition. Once all documentation has been received, the petition will be reviewed by the Medical Petitions Committee. The decision of the committee will be updated in One.UF. A decision letter will be sent to your Gatorlink email.
It takes the Dean of Students Office approximately 2-3 business days to process new petition documents and update One.UF.
Please call the Dean of Students Office at 352-294-2273 and ask to speak with the Care Area or visit in-person at Peabody Hall weekdays between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You will be able to speak with a student assistant or schedule an appointment with a professional staff member who can answer your questions.

Financial Information

In order to be eligible for tuition reimbursement, you must submit at least one piece of required documentation for your petition within six months of the last day of classes for the semester in question. Visit the Academic Calendar for a list of academic dates and deadlines.

Example: If a student is petitioning for a medical withdrawal for a course(s) taken during Fall 2013 and the last day classes for the Fall 2013 semester was December 4, 2013, then the deadline to submit at least one piece of the petition in order to be eligible for a tuition reimbursement would be June 4, 2014.

As the reimbursement process occurs separate from the Dean of Students office, the Care Area also encourages students to speak with the the Bursar and their Student Financial Affairs Adviser for more detailed information about reimbursement specific to their financial status.

The tuition reimbursement will first be applied to any balance that you have with the University Bursar. Your tuition refund will then be applied to any amount that you owe back to federal financial aid, scholarship programs such as Bright Futures, or Florida Prepaid. Any amount of the reimbursement left after these debts have been cleared will be deposited directly into the account you have linked with the university. If you paid for your classes with your own funds, you will receive the remainder of the refund after any balance with the University Bursar has been paid. The reimbursement can take anywhere from 4-6 weeks to be processed. If you have additional questions, please contact University Bursar or Student Financial Affairs.

Medical Documentation

The committee needs precise medical information. The medical documentation should be typed on letterhead, dated, and bear the signature of the evaluator. Please make sure the documentation includes the name, title, contact information, and professional credentials of the evaluator.
A detailed list of guidelines, including specific suggestions for different types of medical conditions, can be found on page 5 of the Medical Withdrawal Petition Questionnaire. Please consult this list and/or provide it to your medical provider if need be.
No, the committee will not contact any medical provider. All medical documentation to be reviewed by the committee must accompany the petition. Specific medical documentation is preferred.
1. Tuition reimbursement (if applicable)

2. Receiving a Withdrawal “W” on transcript for the approved course(s)

3. Ability to obtain a Verification Letter from Dean of Student Office that indicates the withdrawal was for medical reasons

Committee Decisions

If your petition is approved, that information is automatically forwarded to the Office of the University Registrar, who will update your academic record accordingly. That information is also forwarded to the University Bursar, who will process any applicable tuition reimbursement. You will be able to view the updated status in One.UF and will receive an email with the approval letter.
A petition may be deferred because the committee did not have enough information to make a final decision.
A petition may be denied for two reasons. In both of these instances, the information will be updated in One.UF and you will receive a denial letter by email.

The committee feels that you were unable to provide sufficient medical documentation to support a medical withdrawal from the semester(s) you are petitioning.

The committee feels that the petition should be reviewed by the University Student Petitions Committee as a hardship rather than as a medical withdrawal. In this instance, the information from your medical withdrawal petition will automatically be forwarded to the Office of the University Registrar for review by the University Student Petitions Committee. If you wish for your petition to be reviewed by the University Student Petitions Committee as a hardship, you will need to complete and submit an Interviewing Officer Statement. The Interviewing Officer Statement must be completed by an academic adviser or other college administrator who is designated by your college as an Interviewing Officer.

Yes, once a petition is deferred or denied, the student will receive notification of their decision via formal letter and an update on One.UF. If the student chooses, he or she can address the decision comments made by the committee and submit new documentation. Once received and processed, the committee will re-review the updated petition and present another decision.

Please note: submitting new documentation for another review does not require the student to redo the entire petition packet (e.g. questionnaire, instructor forms).