Involuntary Withdrawals: Prevention, Procedures & Protection

Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm CST
Location:Crow Building Room 195 (Cox Business School) (view map)

When, why, and how should you ask a student to leave your institution?
Although many mental health issues are covered by mandated assessment, behavioral contracts and judicial code application, sometimes you need to face the issue of involuntary medical withdrawal to protect students or the community from risk or harm.

When a student puts himself or herself and others, as well as the community at risk, administrators must make the difficult choice to consider and initiate involuntary withdrawal. These special cases must be carefully considered and cautiously pursued.
Join your peers and our expert presenters, Dr. Brian Van Brunt, Director of Counseling and Testing Center at Western Kentucky University (bio available here) and Jason Ebbeling, Director of Residential Education and Services at Southern Oregon University (bio available here) as they discuss the prevention, procedures and protection of involuntary withdrawals. 

In this presentation, you’ll learn:


  • How to identify behaviors and medical problems that place students or the community at risk . . . so you can be proactive.
  • The pros and cons of on-campus vs. off-campus assessment and treatment.
  • Discreet differences between voluntary withdrawal and involuntary medical withdrawal . . . to define your best course of action.


  • How to define and understand threat levels  . . .  so you create proper policies to protect students and the community.
  • The best ways to assess risk.
  • Judicial and behavioral steps you should take prior to enacting involuntary medical withdrawal.
  • Sample policies for involuntary medical withdrawal.
  • Case studies for student situations that should and should not be considered for involuntary medical withdrawal.


  • How to avoid ethical minefields when utilizing this approach to psychological problems.
  • Legal concerns your school should be aware of prior to separating students from campus.
  • The ways HIPAA, FERPA, ADA, and confidentiality rules apply to the process.

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