2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin

Mandatory Interim Emergency Withdrawal

An interim emergency withdrawal may be implemented immediately by the Associate Provost for Graduate Studies or his/her designee if any of the following conditions are felt to be present:

  • the student’s behavior poses a significant danger of causing imminent physical harm to others, or
  • the student suffers an accident or illness that  gravely disables him/her, or
  • the student is impeding the lawful activities of other members of the campus community

A student withdrawn on an interim basis shall be given an opportunity to appear personally before the Associate Provost or his/her designee within 48 hours from the effective date of the interim withdrawal in order to discuss the following issues only:

  • the reliability of the information concerning the student’s behavior, and
  • whether or not the student’s behavior poses a significant danger of causing imminent physical harm to others, or of impeding the lawful activities of other members of the campus community.

A student subject to such an interim withdrawal may be asked by the Associate Provost or his/her designee to release and submit the following information prior to continuing his/her educational program and/or returning to campus:

  • Written statement by an appropriate licensed health care provider, including:
    • A description of the problem(s) that led to the student’s interim withdrawal, including diagnoses, and indicating that the student, at the time of evaluation by the health care provider, is medically able to resume study at the University.
    • In addition, the health care provider must list any medications prescribed for the student, any side effects that may affect the student’s ability to attend and complete classes, whether any prescribed medications require monitoring, and the name of the treatment provider designated to monitor the medication.
  • The student must sign a HIPAA-compliant consent form for release of the information by the provider.
  • Submit a completed Treating Health Care Provider Questionnaire form provided by the University.
  • The name of a health care provider who is providing continuing treatment and/or may be contacted in an emergency.
  • Releases of information signed for DU’s Health and Counseling Center and the Associate Provost’s office to consult with each other and with the treatment provider.

After reviewing the information, the Associate Provost or his/her designee may decide:

  • to readmit the student
  • to readmit the student pending the informal hearing, or
  • to continue the withdrawal pending the informal hearing.
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