Medical Withdrawal

NOTE: Students participating in UW-Madison sponsored study abroad programs will not be refunded according to the schedule in this policy and should work with their study abroad advisor if they are in need of a medical withdrawal.

How to request a medical withdrawal

Step One: Enter your request to withdraw in Student Center with reason code of ‘medical’

Note: If your request is made after the withdrawal deadline, you cannot initiate a withdrawal in Student Center and will need to make your request directly to your academic dean’s office.

Step Two: Contact your academic dean’s office

You need to work with the academic dean’s office in your school/college to complete your medical withdrawal. Documentation is required for medical withdrawals requested after the 100% refund deadline

Documentation requirements:

  • In the case of a physical or behavioral health condition: A supporting letter from a licensed healthcare provider or healthcare records that correlate with and substantiate the request for the term of medical withdrawal. A licensed health care provider may include a licensed medical (e.g., physician, nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant) or mental health care provider (e.g., psychologist, counselor, social worker).
  • In the case of death of an immediate family member: An obituary or other official record of death may be requested as documentation.

Step Three: Review the withdrawal website

Learn more about withdrawing including the impacts of withdrawing, returning to UW-Madison, and frequently asked questions. 

Step Four: Seek out campus resources for help

If you are facing personal challenges and need help, UW-Madison has resources which can be found through the Student Affairs website. Many of these resources are available regardless of your enrollment status.

Related Information: UW System Medical Withdrawal Policy