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Possible Academic Interventions due to Medical Needs

If you need to withdraw, take less courses than required (underload), drop a course after the first eight weeks of a semester, or retroactively appeal to drop a class or all classes from a prior semester due to serious medical or psychological factors, it is strongly recommended that you meet with an academic advisor in your department, college or program to discuss the academic situation, explore your academic options and learn how to move forward with your needs.

For a Withdrawal, Underload, Course Drop, or Retroactive Appeal based on medical needs:

  1. Have the appropriate documentation from a non-Campus Health Provider about the medical condition affecting your academic progress faxed to Campus Health Services at 919-966-6575.  This documentation should contain information about your diagnosis, prognosis and length of illness.
  2. Formally request a medical withdrawal/underload/course drop by submitting an email outlining the reason for your request i.e. how the medical condition impacted your coursework by emailing Joyce Roberts (  Address your request to “Whom it May Concern” and include your PID.  You must consult Academic Advising and please indicate in your request that you have done so.  If you are requesting an underload, indicate the number of credit hours you would be taking.

NOTE: CHS medical withdrawals will be dated when the Campus Health Services process is complete, including the receipt of required documentation.  The withdrawal might be dated earlier in rare and extenuating circumstances.  Examples of this would include prolonged hospitalization or incapacitation.

CHS Academic Intervention contact: 

Joyce Roberts (

Fax (919) 966-6575 Phone (919) 966-6603   

Campus Health Services CB #7470

James A. Taylor Bldg. University of North Carolina

Chapel Hill, NC 27599


See Counseling and Psychological Services for information on academic withdrawals, underloads, or final exam excuses due to psychological needs.