I. Non-Medical Withdrawal
Students who withdraw from the Bread Loaf program before the end of the drop/add period because of non-medical emergencies will not have any courses or grades appear on their transcripts. Students who withdraw after the drop/add period will receive grades of "WD" (pass or fail) on their transcripts.
II. Medical Withdrawal Requested by Student
Voluntary medical withdrawals are appropriate when a student’s medical, psychological, or substance-related condition prevents the student from effectively and/or safely participating in Bread Loaf’s academic and/or residential life programs. Students who wish to withdraw from the Bread Loaf program for medical reasons must notify the Bread Loaf director. The Bread Loaf director shall determine their status at the point of withdrawal.
III. Medical Withdrawal Initiated by Middlebury
Middlebury may require withdrawal of a student for medical reasons when:
- there is a reasonable basis to believe, based on a case-by-case, objective assessment of the student’s behavior and other relevant information, that the student’s medical, psychological, or substance-related condition prevents him/her from safely or effectively participating in Bread Loaf’s academic or residential life program(s), such that the student is not otherwise qualified to attend Middlebury; or
- there is a reasonable basis to believe, based on a case-by-case, objective assessment of the student’s behavior and other relevant information, that as a result of the student’s medical, psychological, or substance-related condition, the student has threatened, or poses a significant risk of threatening, the health or safety of others; or causes or threatens to cause property damage; or engages in behavior that is unduly disruptive of others in the Bread Loaf or Middlebury community. (Behavior that is “unduly disruptive” includes but is not limited to conduct that interferes with, or poses a significant risk of interference with, the emotional or physical well-being of others and/or the academic, extracurricular, or social activities of others.)
Prior to the withdrawal, the student may be required to sign a release authorizing disclosure of the student’s medical or other information by and between the student’s physician(s), psychologist(s), or licensed counselor(s), or others who are asked to provide information regarding the student and the appropriate program official(s). A medical evaluation by a competent specialist may also be required. The outcome of the medical evaluation will be shared with a designated staff member at thePartonCenterfor Health and Wellness, the Bread Loaf director or designee (hereinafter referred to as the “Bread Loaf director”) and the vice president forLanguageSchools, Schools Abroad, and Graduate programs.
Student(s) will be given notice and an opportunity to speak with the Bread Loaf director prior to or within five business days of the withdrawal. The Bread Loaf director may also consult with others as appropriate (e.g., medical professionals, members of Middlebury’s Threat Assessment and Management Team, law enforcement, and/or the student’s family members).
The Bread Loaf director may also consider other information such as the recommendation, if any, made by the TAM team; or whether there are reasonable accommodations that would effectively mitigate the risk of harm to others or property and would allow the student to safely and effectively participate in Bread Loaf’s academic and/or residential life programs, as applicable.
The student will be notified of the withdrawal decision in writing. The decision may be appealed, following the procedures set forth in Section 1, below.
Students withdrawn under this section may also be subject to the normal disciplinary processes set forth above if their conduct has violatedMiddleburyCollegepolicy. If disciplinary action is appropriate, the matter must be resolved either before or immediately upon the student’s return (if applicable).
An appeal under Section III above, may be made in writing within five business days to the vice president for Language Schools, Schools Abroad, and Graduate programs. The appeal must include the grounds for the appeal and an outline of any supporting evidence. Appeals transmitted via e-mail will be considered to be “in writing.” Absent extenuating circumstances, the student will be notified of the appeal decision within five business days of receipt of the appeal.
2. Request for Readmission to Bread Loaf
Students who are withdrawn from the Bread Loaf School of English for medical reasons and who wish to be readmitted in a subsequent session must submit a written request for readmission to the Bread Loaf director or the vice president for Language Schools, Schools Abroad, and Graduate programs, and provide the following:
- A Medical Readmission Form to the Parton Center for Health and Wellness, which usually must contain:
(1) a recommendation for readmission and supporting documentation from the student’s treating physician(s), psychiatrist(s), and/or licensed counselors (as applicable) that the student is able to participate fully and effectively in Bread Loaf’s intensive program of study (including but not limited to the academic and residential life of the BLSE program), with or without reasonable accommodation;
(2) information regarding the need, if any, for continuing treatment and follow-up care;
(3) evidence that the student has complied with the treatment recommendations that were made at the time of, and during, the medical leave;
(4) the student’s agreement to engage in continuing treatment and follow-up care, if applicable; and
(5) authorization for disclosure by and between any person providing documentation in support of the request and a designated member of the Parton staff, and the Bread Loaf director or the vice president for Language Schools, Schools Abroad, and Graduate Programs. Students may also submit other information in support of their request. Middlebury may also require that the student submit to an independent medical evaluation performed by a health care provider selected by Middlebury (at Middlebury’s expense) and/or that the student provide additional information necessary to determine whether the student should be readmitted at that time.
- In addition to the information required above, students who are withdrawn for the reasons set forth in Section III above usually must submit to the Bread Loaf director or the vice president for Language Schools, Schools Abroad, and Graduate Programs the following information in their request for readmission:
(1) a description of the student's understanding of the problem that led to the involuntary withdrawal;
(2) sufficient evidence of the student’s attempts to resolve the issue(s) that led to the involuntary withdrawal;
(3) information about what steps the student will take to prevent the problem(s) from recurring; and
(4) if applicable, sufficient evidence to demonstrate that the threat or conduct of concern has been eliminated and that the student is ready to return to Middlebury and adhere to all Middlebury policies.
Decisions on readmission requests are made on a case-by-case basis, so Middlebury may require more, less, or different information than that described above as deemed appropriate and necessary in a particular case.
The Bread Loaf director or the vice president forLanguageSchools, Schools Abroad, and Graduate Programs will consider the student’s request for readmission after receiving the supporting information described generally above or requested specifically in a given case, as well as any other information that the student wishes to submit. In considering the request, the Bread Loaf director and vice president for Language Schools, Schools Abroad, and Graduate Programs, in consultation with other officials, as appropriate, will determine whether there is a sufficient basis to establish the following (as applicable):
(1) the medical condition that led to the student’s withdrawal has been adequately addressed and/or managed such that the student is otherwise qualified to safely and/or effectively participate in the academic and/or residential life of the BLSE program (with or without reasonable accommodation); and/or
(2) the student no longer poses a threat to the health or safety of others or to property, or poses a threat of undue disruption to members of the BLSE or Middlebury community.
IV. Notice to the Student’s Home Institution
Middlebury reserves the right to notify all institutions or programs in which the student is (or will be) enrolled of any medical or non-medical withdrawal of the student from the BLSE.