MULTIPLE SEMESTERS FOR THE SAME MEDICAL REASON

1. If you are petitioning to medically withdraw from more than one semester, but the medical reason for all of the semesters you are petitioning is the same, you will only need to submit one medical withdrawal petition.

2. On the Medical Withdrawal Petition Questionnaire, check each box that applies to you (MWD, RMP, MDD, and/or, SEL) on the form and include the corresponding semester and year for each box. If you are petitioning for two or more semesters but only one type of withdrawal, write each semester you wish to petition in the space provided.

3. When answering the questions in the Medical Withdrawal Petition Questionnaire, please be sure to include specific dates and/or examples from each semester from which you are petitioning to withdraw.

4. When obtaining medical documentation from your health care provider, please make sure that s/he also takes care to include medical information from each semester you are petitioning and that s/he specifically states the semesters for which s/he is providing support.

Example 1 – A student required an emergency appendectomy at the end of Fall 2013 after the deadline to drop/withdraw from classes, which prevented the student from taking final exams and resulted in poor grades. The student returned to classes in Spring 2014 only to suffer severe complications from the surgery after drop/add week. The student withdrew from Spring 2014 classes before the deadline to drop/withdraw for the Spring 2014 semester. This student would petition for a Retroactive Semester Full-Term Medical Withdrawal from Fall 2013 and a Current Semester Full-Term Medical Withdrawal from Spring 2014.

Example 2 – A student experienced serious anxiety whenever attempting to attend classroom courses during Fall 2013. The anxiety resulted in panic attacks and created so much distress for the student that he stopped attending classroom courses altogether. The student was also enrolled in two online courses. The student had already used his two drops during previous semesters. Since he had already used his two drops, the student thought he had no options and ended up failing his classroom courses, though he excelled at his online courses. The student enrolled in classes again for Spring 2014, taking a combination of classroom and online classes, thinking that the experience during Fall 2013 was an anomaly. The student experienced the same anxiety and panic when attempting to attend his classroom courses. He again failed his classroom courses and excelled at his online courses. Over the summer, the student finally sought treatment and was diagnosed with social anxiety disorder with panic attacks. This student would petition for Retroactive Semester Drops for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014.

MULTIPLE SEMESTERS FOR DIFFERENT MEDICAL REASONS

1. If you are petitioning to withdraw from multiple semesters and the medical reason for each semester is different, you will need to submit two (or more) separate petition packets.

2. You will need to provide separate medical documentation for each petition you submit.

Example 3 – A student contracted a severe case of mononucleosis during the Fall 2013 semester and withdrew from classes before the deadline to drop/withdraw from classes. The student fully recuperated from mono by Spring 2014 and returned to classes. About halfway through the semester, the student was in a serious auto accident and once again needed to withdraw from classes, which she was able to do before the deadline to drop/withdraw from classes. This student would submit two separate Current Semester Full-Term Medical Withdrawal Petitions. The Fall 2013 petition would include medical documentation from the doctor who treated her for mono and the Spring 2014 petition would contain documentation from the doctor who treated her for the injuries sustained in the accident.

Remember, if you have any questions or concerns about your medical withdrawal petition, please call (352) 294-2273 or email dsocares@dso.ufl.edu to communicate with a member of the Care Area who can help you with your situation.