Standards and Procedures For Involuntary Medical Withdrawal

Effective Date

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Office of Primary Responsibility

School of Graduate and Advanced Studies

Summary of Policy

Criteria for implementing an involuntary medical withdrawal, evaluation guidelines and appeal procedures.

Affected Parties

School of Graduate & Advanced Studies Students

Policy Statement

Standards For Withdrawal

1. A student will be subject to involuntary medical withdrawal from Dartmouth by the Dean of Graduate Studies or his/her designee* if it is determined, after consultation with the College Health Service, that the student is suffering from a psychological or medical disorder and,

(a) engages in behavior which poses a danger of causing, or threatening to cause, physical harm to self or others; or

(b) engages in behavior which poses a danger of causing, or threatening to cause, emotional harm to self or others; or

(c) engages in behavior which poses a danger of causing, or threatening to cause, significant property damage; or

(d) engages in behavior which substantially impedes or disrupts, or threatens to impede or disrupt, the lawful activities of others.

Referral For Evaluation

2. The Dean of Graduate Studies may refer a student for evaluation by a physician or psychologist of the College Health Service if the Dean believes that the student may meet the criteria set forth in #1 above.

3. Students referred for evaluation in accordance with #2 above shall be notified either personally or in writing by the Dean, and shall be notified of these standards and procedures. The evaluation must be begun and completed within the timetable established by the Dean, and must be made available to the Dean.

4. Any pending disciplinary action may be withheld until the evaluation is completed, at the discretion of the Dean of Graduate Studies.

5. A student who fails to complete the evaluation in accordance with these standards and procedures may be withdrawn on an interim basis, as set forth in #6 - 7 below, or referred for disciplinary action, or both.

Involuntary Withdrawal and Appeal

6. An interim involuntary medical withdrawal may be implemented immediately if a student fails to begin and to complete an evaluation or fails to make the evaluation available to the Dean, as provided by #2-3 of these standards and procedures. Also, an interim involuntary medical withdrawal may be implemented immediately if the Dean of Graduate Studies believes that the student's behavior poses an imminent danger of what is indicated in (a) - (d) in #1 above.

An interim involuntary medical withdrawal will continue until the prescribed evaluation (cf. #2 - 5 above) is completed in preparation for #7 below.

7. A student who has completed the evaluation referenced in #2 above, and who is subsequently subject to an involuntary medical withdrawal, shall be given written notice of the withdrawal either personally or by mail, and shall be given a copy of these standards and procedures. The student shall then be given an opportunity to appear personally before the Dean of Graduate Studies, within two business days from the effective date of the withdrawal, in order to review the following issues only:

(a) the reliability of the information concerning the student's behavior;

(b) whether or not the student has completed an evaluation in accordance with these standards and procedures; and

(c) whether or not the student's behavior, in the judgment of the Dean, poses any of the dangers mentioned in #1 above.

The Dean will make the final decision regarding withdrawal.

A student subject to withdrawal may be assisted in the proceeding specified in this section by a family member, a licensed physician or psychologist, or a member of the faculty, staff, or student body of Dartmouth College chosen by the student. Students who have been involuntarily withdrawn are required to leave campus within 48 hours unless otherwise informed by the Dean.

Students withdrawn for medical reasons must receive approval from the Health Service, as well as the Dean, in order to qualify for readmission. Under certain circumstances, a student may be placed on an involuntary medical withdrawal according to procedures on file for review at the College Health Services and the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies.

The standards contained in this document do not preclude a student's removal from the College or its residences in accordance with College rules or regulations or the provisions of the residence hall occupancy agreement.

Definitions

* Wherever reference is made to the Dean of Graduate Studies, it implies "or his/her designee."