Mandatory Withdrawal and Leave of Absence Revisited

NASPA Leadership Exchange, Vol. 28, Fall 2007

2 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2008

Date Written: September 1, 2007


This essay addresses college and university mandatory withdrawal and leave of absence policies that may be used to remove students who pose a danger to themselves or others from campus. The essay describes the legal bases underlying these policies, provides guidance for institutions of higher education that seek to draft or amend their policies, and briefly describes situations under which students might be permitted to return to campus. The essay also advocates developing a statement regarding who is an "otherwise qualified student."

Keywords: college, university, dangerous student, suicide, mandatory withdrawal, involuntary withdrawal, mandatory leave, involuntary leave, college initiated leave, leave of absence, OCR, otherwise qualified student, policies

JEL Classification: K1, K10

Suggested Citation

Dickerson, Darby, Mandatory Withdrawal and Leave of Absence Revisited (September 1, 2007). NASPA Leadership Exchange, Vol. 28, Fall 2007. Available at SSRN:

Darby Dickerson (Contact Author)

UIC John Marshall Law School ( email )

300 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60604
United States

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