Medical Withdrawal


Duquesne University students may apply for a medical withdrawal due to extreme illness, serious injury, or extended hospitalization. Because a medical withdrawal affects academic progress, students are encouraged to consider other options that might enable them to remain enrolled (such as "I" or "incomplete" grades that would enable them to complete coursework after the end of the semester). Students should consult their academic advisor, the Office of Student Financial Aid, the Office of International Programs and other offices as appropriate.

Medical withdrawals constitute complete withdrawals and result in final grades of "W" in all courses on the transcript for the semester in question. The University does not grant partial medical withdrawals (i.e., requests to withdraw from some courses but not others). The only exception is if the student has already completed one or more accelerated (i.e., 8-week) courses, in which case the grades earned in all such courses remain on the student's transcript and the associated costs are included when calculating the student's account balance; the medical withdrawal results in final grades of "W" for all other courses on the transcript.


Except in extraordinary circumstances, students must submit a written request for a medical withdrawal to their academic advisor no later than the last day of classes for the semester to which the withdrawal would apply. The university does not grant withdrawals for prior semesters.

The school or college will then submit to the Registrar (a) either a Notice of Complete Withdrawal form (withdrawing the student from all courses) or a Request for Student Schedule Change form (withdrawing the student from courses still in progress when one or more accelerated courses has already been graded) and (b) authorization from the student to process the withdrawal. This authorization may be either in hard copy with the student's signature or in the form of an email sent from the student's Duquesne University email account.

Students are considered to be enrolled unless and until they submit written notification of their withdrawal. The withdrawal is effective on the date when notification is received, which constitutes the student's last day of attendance.

Medical Documentation

To qualify for a medical withdrawal, the student must also submit to the dean of his or her school or college (a) a description of the medical circumstances and (b) documentation from a licensed healthcare provider that addresses those circumstances and supports withdrawal as medically appropriate. After verifying the illness, injury, or hospitalization, the dean submits the documentation to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs for review and a final decision.

If the student is unable to initiate the medical withdrawal process, the student's school or college office, parent, spouse, partner, or other designee may do so on his or her behalf. In such cases, the incapacitation of the student must be documented or a formal power of attorney provided.


The approval of a medical withdrawal results in the immediate assignment of a final grade of "W" for the relevant courses on the transcript and an automatic review of whether the student may qualify for a partial tuition refund (see "Refunds" below).

The University reserves the right to require that a student who receives a medical withdrawal provide documentation from a healthcare provider that he or she is fit to reenroll in a subsequent semester.


The Executive Vice President and Provost for Academic Affairs advises the Senior Vice President for Finance and Business whether any tuition for the current semester should be refunded to a student whose request for a medical withdrawal is approved.

Based upon the effective date of the medical withdrawal (see under "Withdrawal" above), refunds will be calculated by the offices of Student Accounts and Financial Aid as follows:

For the first four weeks of the semester, refunds follow the standard refund policy (see the "Total Withdrawal" deadlines listed in the Academic Calendar).
From the fifth through the eighth week of the semester, refunds will be limited to 20%.
From the ninth through the twelfth week, refunds will be limited to 10% and any already graded accelerated courses will be billed at the full per-credit rate.
After the twelfth week, no refunds will be due.

Any reduction to Title IV funds will be determined using the Federal Financial Aid pro rata refund policy. University gift aid and all other non-Title IV financial aid will be reduced by the same percentage as the tuition reduction and returned to the source of the funds in question. Laboratory fees, University fees, housing costs and fees, refunds prior to withdrawal, and any other fees already committed by the University on behalf of the student will not be refunded.

Refunds due as the result of a medical withdrawal will be paid to the student within ten business days after the credit balance is created for the semester for which the medical withdrawal was approved.

Process Outline

Student submits request for medical withdrawal to academic advisor
School submits Notice of Complete Withdrawal or Request for Student Schedule Change with student's written authorization to Registrar
Student submits written description of medical circumstances and documentation from a healthcare provider to Dean
Dean submits case file to Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Provost reviews case and renders decision
Provost notifies the Vice President for Management and Business of any refund due