Graduate Policies & Procedures

Medical withdrawal: policy

Medical withdrawal shall be for a minimum of one semester and a maximum of twelve months, normally comprising two semesters plus one summer. Medical withdrawals are granted or required by Student Support Services for undergraduates in conjunction with the Dean for Student Life or designee after evaluation for medical eligibility through MIT Medical. Medical withdrawals are granted or required by the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education for graduate students after evaluation for medical eligibility through MIT Medical. Information from academic departments and faculty will be sought and considered in the withdrawal process as appropriate. The International Students Office will be informed of all international students who are placed on a medical withdrawal status.

Under exceptional circumstances, a student has the ability to file an application for approval for one additional semester of withdrawal for medical reasons. Waiver of the time limitation for withdrawal may be granted for a student who provides documentation that reflects the fact that he or she is actively engaged in a treatment program and who is likely to be sufficiently stabilized within an additional semester so as to return to full participation in campus life. An application for an extension of the medical withdrawal will not be granted and should not be used to prolong treatment of a chronic medical or mental health condition under a medical withdrawal status when return to full participation in campus life is an unlikely outcome as determined by their functional assessment, course, and prognosis. After the standard time limit for medical withdrawal, students who do not re-apply to MIT or students who do not qualify for an extension of the medical withdrawal will no longer be considered to be on a medical withdrawal status.

Eligibility for medical withdrawal extensions beyond two semesters and a summer shall be determined by an interdisciplinary committee chaired by the MIT Medical Chief of Mental Health or designee. This committee shall consider applications for extensions and shall be composed of at least one representative from Mental Health and from Student Support Services, including representation from the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education, internal or adolescent medicine, and the MIT Health Plan, as beneficial to the process. Recommendations for medical withdrawal extensions from this committee shall be forwarded to the Dean for Student Life for undergraduates and to the Dean for Graduate Education for approval. All appeals from the decisions of the committee go to the cognizant dean who may consult with appropriate departments and advisors and review the record in making a final decision.

Students who are enrolled in the MIT Student Extended Insurance Plan may continue this insurance during the approved medical withdrawal period and will be responsible for premium payments billed in monthly installments.

Both the health of the student and his or her ability to resume full time academic responsibilities are central to determining whether the student can return from a medical withdrawal. Up-to-date medical documentation must accompany requests to return from a medical withdrawal. Please see the following paragraph for information regarding the re-admission process. Students are expected to actively engage in a recovery or treatment program, taking steps consistent with the medical condition associated with the withdrawal. For medical withdrawals related to mental health issues, students may be advised to seek mental health treatment through clinicians or agencies outside of MIT Medical with an MIT clinician serving as an in-house consultant to periodically assess the student’s progress as clinically appropriate. In such cases, the follow through on treatment recommendations will be considered along with the student’s application to return from the medical withdrawal.

Further details regarding the medical withdrawal and readmission process may be found in the Student Support Services documents entitled “Medical Withdrawal Information for Undergraduates at MIT” and “Medical Withdrawal Exit Form” for undergraduates. The undergraduate student policies and procedures regarding medical withdrawals are detailed by Student Support Services. Graduate student policies and procedures regarding medical withdrawals and changes in registration are detailed within this document, Graduate Policies and Procedures: Overview, Policy (this page), and Procedure.

Students are not allowed to reside in campus housing while on medical withdrawal.