Grand Rapids Community College is committed to supporting students in achieving success. When documented hardship prevents a student from successfully meeting the requirements of their individual course of study, it is the College’s policy (8.23) to consider requests for withdrawal from courses to enable the student to recover from their particular situation.
For the purposes of this process, hardship is defined as an event that causes significant suffering, privation, or other extenuating circumstance which hinders attendance and/or academic performance (e.g. medical emergency, homelessness, death to dependent individual, unforeseen job status change, or other unavoidable event that significantly prevents academic progress).
The Medical/Hardship Withdrawal process is only used after the 70% mark in the semester - when students can no longer drop courses themselves. To drop courses prior to the 70% mark, students must withdraw by logging into the Online Center.
An approved Medical/Hardship Withdrawal allows a grade to be replaced with a W (withdrawal). However, conditions of a hardship must still be presented for the request to be considered. The process does not approve requests for students who are simply dissatisfied with their grade(s) and are unable to drop courses themselves because it is too late.
A Request for a Medical/Hardship Withdrawal must be submitted no later than 30 calendar days after the last day of the semester for which the withdrawal is desired (but are not accepted not prior to the 70% mark in the semester).
In the event of a student death, this form can be completed by an immediate family member over the age of 18. An immediate family member is defined as a parent, spouse/partner, child, or sibling.
The Medical/Hardship Withdrawal process does not provide refunds. Approval does not provide reimbursement of tuition or fees. Requests for refunds are only accepted prior to the 70% mark and must be requested through the Cashier's Office process directly by completing their Tuition and Fees Refund Appeal Application. Please refer to that form for guidelines, requirements, and the appeal review process.
1. Students who seek to withdraw from the College because of hardship must submit a written request to the office of the Associate Dean of Student Success and Retention (Request for Medical/Hardship Withdrawal form). Submit completed form, with documentation, to the office for the Associate Dean of Student Success and Retention - firstname.lastname@example.org or 347 Student Center.
2. The request must contain supporting documentation verifying the nature of the situation, dates the situation occurred, and an explanation of how the hardship affected the student’s ability to be successful. Sources of such documentation include, but are not limited to:
• Medical forms indicating hospitalization or decreased capacity to complete coursework
• Legal documents indicating inability to attend class or decreased capacity to complete course work (i.e. police/fire report, letter from attorney, court records, etc.)
• Obituaries or other documents indicating death of immediate family member
• Other formal documentation related to the uncontrollable circumstances impacting student success
3. You will be contacted if additional documentation is requested to make a decision regarding your request. If contacted, you will have 10 business days to supply additional documentation or your request will be considered a denial.
4. The Associate Dean will establish a review team to make determinations as to whether the event and documentation supports a finding that the student was unable to be successful due to the occurrence of the hardship.
5. Students who wish to appeal the outcome of their Request for Medical/Hardship Withdrawal may do so by submitting their appeal in writing to the Dean of Student Success and Retention within 10 business days of notification of the initial finding. The decision of the Dean of Student Success and Retention is final.
Students with known medical conditions that require accommodations should register with Disability Support Services at (616) 234-4140 before the start of the semester to determine appropriate accommodations.
If you are a financial aid recipient, you should contact the Financial Aid Office at (616) 234-4030 first before requesting to drop courses. Your current and future financial aid could be severely impacted by dropping courses after the semester has started.
If you are on academic probation, you should also consult with an academic advisor before you drop any courses. Dropping a course can place you on Academic Suspension. The Counseling and Career Center can be reached at (616) 234-3900.