Medical and University Withdrawals

Graduate students may withdraw from the University for either personal or medical reasons following the procedures below.

University Withdrawal

If a student decides or needs to withdraw from the University, it is important that the student takes steps necessary to formally withdraw. A form for withdrawal is available in the Registrar's Office.

Failure to withdraw formally may result in the assignment of "F" grades. Students supported by an assistantship must notify their program, department, and advisor of their decision to withdraw. Students who plan to return at a later date should register for one of the continuous enrollment courses. A student who fails to continuously enroll during academic year semesters will be dropped from their graduate program. Such students will need to apply for readmission if they choose to reenter their graduate degree program.

Medical Withdrawal

Students who find it necessary to withdraw due to medical reasons may apply for a medical withdrawal. There will be no distinction made in the student's record between mental and physical illness or between cases initiated by the University and cases initiated by the student. Written requests for medical withdrawals should be submitted to Dr. Debra Charlesworth. Requests should cite the reason for the withdrawal. The students should arrange to have written documentation regarding the nature of their illness and the need for a medical withdrawal submitted directly to Dr. Debra Charlesworth by a physician or a mental health professional. 

Upon approval, all credits in which a student is currently enrolled will be dropped and a hold will be put on the student's account until the student is able to return to the University. Upon approval, the Graduate School will also contact the student's advisor, instructors, and graduate program director to notify them that the student has been granted a medical withdrawal. While on medical withdrawal, the continuous enrollment requirement will be waived. The time limit to earn the degree will not be automatically extended.

Before the student may return, s/he must submit a written request to return from medical leave to Dr. Debra Charlesworth. This request must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the beginning of the semester in which the student wishes to return. At the same time, written documentation verifying that the student is ready to return should be submitted directly to Dr. Debra Charlesworth, by a physician or mental health professional. The Graduate School will review the submitted materials and will notify the student with a decision in a timely fashion.


Refund of Tuition—Withdrawal from the University

The following refund schedule applies when students drop all classes and leave the University. This does NOT apply to students making schedule adjustments who otherwise remain enrolled at Michigan Tech. Refunds for classes offered in a time module other than a fourteen week semester will be prorated according to this schedule and the equivalent percentage of time. Refunds of room and board charges will be pro-rated by the number of weeks used.

Time of WithdrawalRefund Percentage
1st Week—Through Wednesday100%
1st Week—Thursday and Friday90%
2nd Week80%
3rd Week70%
4th Week60%
5th Week50%
6th Week40%
7th Week or Later0%