Standard for Voluntary Withdrawal from Millikin University- See Academic Bulletin
Standard for Involuntary Withdrawal from Millikin University (below)
A student will be subject to involuntary administrative withdrawal from
Millikin University, or from University housing, if it is determined,
by a preponderance of the evidence, that the student is suffering from a
mental or emotional disorder, and, as a result of the mental or
a. Engages, or threatens to engage, in behavior which poses a danger of causing physical harm to self or others;
Engages, or threatens to engage, in behavior which would cause
significant property damage, or directly and substantially impede the
lawful activities of others;
Engages, or threatens to engage, in behavior which significantly
disrupts or diminishes the academic process or the reasonable rights or
expectations of other University students; (For purposes of this policy,
“academic process” includes, but is not limited to, the following
activities: studying; teaching; classroom discussions; and research.)
d. Engages, or threatens to engage, in behavior rendering the student unable to meet reasonable University standards.
These standards do not preclude removal from the University, or
University housing, in accordance with provisions of the residence hall
occupancy agreement, or other University rules or regulations.
The Dean of Student Development may refer a student for evaluation by a
licensed medical professional, if it is reasonably believed that the
student may meet the criteria set forth in part one, or if a student
subject to student conduct charges wishes to introduce relevant evidence
of any mental or emotional disorder.
A student subject to an administrative withdrawal shall be given
written notice of the withdrawal either by personal delivery or by
certified 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 Student Development, or a designee, within
two business days from the effective date of the interim withdrawal, in
order to review the following issues only:
a. The reliability of the information concerning the student’s behavior;
Whether or not the student’s behavior poses a danger of causing
imminent, serious physical harm to the student or others; causing
significant property damage; directly and substantially impeding the
lawful activities of others; causing significant disruption or
diminishment of the University’s academic process or the reasonable
rights or expectations of other University students; or rendering the
student unable to meet reasonable University standards; and/or
c. Whether or not the student has completed an evaluation, in accordance with these standards and procedures.
Students subject to an involuntary withdrawal shall be accorded an
informal hearing before the Dean of Student Development, or a designee.
The following guidelines will be applicable:
Students will be informed of the time, date, and location of the
informal hearing, in writing, either by personal delivery or certified
mail, at least two business days in advance.
The entire case file, including an evaluation prepared pursuant to part
three of these standards and procedures, and the names of prospective
witnesses, will be available for inspection by the student in the Dean
of Student Development office during normal business hours. The file
need not include the personal and confidential notes of any
institutional official or participant in the evaluation process.
The informal hearing shall be conversational and non-adversarial.
Formal rules of evidence will not apply. Legal counsel shall not attend
or participate in the hearing unless the Dean of Student Development
otherwise reasonably believes that the attendance of legal counsel is
warranted under the circumstances. In the event the student is allowed
to have legal counsel, the role of counsel will be limited to providing
legal advice to the student. Legal counsel will not be permitted to ask
questions of any witnesses or make any statements at the hearing.
The Dean of Student Development or designee shall exercise active
control over the proceedings to avoid needless consumption of time and
to achieve the orderly completion of the hearing. Any person who
disrupts the hearing may be excluded.
The student may choose to be assisted by a family member and a licensed
medical professional or, in lieu of medical professional, by a member
of the faculty or staff of the institution.
Those assisting the student (except for legal counsel), will be given
reasonable time to ask relevant questions of any individual appearing at
the informal hearing, as well as to present relevant evidence.
Whenever possible, the student will be expected to respond to questions
asked by the Dean of Student Development or designee. Students who
refuse to answer on the grounds of the Fifth Amendment privilege may be
informed that the Dean could draw a negative inference from their
refusal which might result in their dismissal from the institution, in
accordance with these standards and procedures.
h. The informal hearing may be conducted in the absence of a student who fails to appear after proper notice.
The Dean or designee shall render a written decision within five
business days after the completion of the informal hearing unless
additional time is reasonably necessary as determined by the Dean. The
written decision shall be mailed or personally delivered to the student,
and it shall contain a statement of reasons for any determination
leading to involuntary withdrawal. The student will be told when a
petition for reinstatement will be considered, along with any conditions
j. The decision of the Dean, or designee, shall be final and conclusive and not subject to appeal.
The Dean or designee may expand or reduce the amount of time allowed to
complete any portion of the withdrawal or hearing process, if the Dean
or designee reasonably determines such deviation is necessary or in the
best interests of the University or student.
Other reasonable deviations from these procedures will not invalidate a
decision or proceeding unless clear and significant prejudice to a
student may result.
In circumstances where the emotional or
physical welfare of a student or other members of the campus community
is in jeopardy, it may become necessary to suspend or withdraw that
student regardless of the time of year or the student’s class standing.
Under such circumstances, the University may seek appropriate medical
advice to support the action.
Standard for Voluntary Withdrawal
See University Bulletin