Updated Medical Withdrawal Policy


Dear Instructional Colleagues,

I’m reaching out with information about UW-Madison’s updated Medical Withdrawal Policy (MWP). Our MWP was recently updated to align with UW System’s new MWP, which was implemented on September 1, 2021. The information pertaining to you as instructors is much the same as in the past. Please review and retain the following information for your reference. No additional action is needed at this time.

Where to Direct Students with Questions About Medical Withdrawals

If students have questions or need further assistance, please continue to direct them to their academic advisor or dean’s office. Academic advisors and dean’s office staff in each school and college have been provided with the necessary details to assist students following consistent, campus-level guidelines.

Medical withdrawal information and support resources for students can be found on the Office of the Registrar’s website, as part of overall information about withdrawing.

Medical Withdrawal Policy 

Medical Withdrawal (per System’s MWP) is the process used after the 100% refund period to fully remove a student from the requested term when a student is faced with a serious or unexpected physical or behavioral health condition that completely precludes the student from being able to function as a student.

Medical Withdrawals may be granted to students who experience a serious or unexpected physical or behavioral health condition; who may need to provide care to an immediate family member who is experiencing a serious or unexpected physical or behavioral health condition; or who have experienced the death of an immediate family member. Approval will be granted on a case-by-case basis.


Questions around the new policy can be directed to info@advising.wisc.edu.