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Hardship Withdrawals

The Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC) is able to provide supporting documentation to clients who have engaged in ongoing mental health services during the academic term that they are petitioning to withdraw from University of Idaho. The CMHC follows University of Idaho’s Hardship Withdrawal Policy.

We recommend that you work closely with the Dean of Students Office (DOS) on your petition for a Hardship Withdrawal. Our mental health practitioners can provide supporting documentation to students who decide to petition for a hardship withdrawal due to mental health reasons and have an established clinical relationship with a mental health practitioner. An established clinical relationship is defined in the following way for the purpose of hardship withdrawals for mental health reasons:

  • An intake assessment at the Counseling and Mental Health Center
  • At least three follow-up appointments with a mental health practitioner
  • A DSM-5 TR diagnosis as assessed by a mental health practitioner
  • The clinician you are working with will also need to assess whether the mental health condition has been affecting your academic performance

How to Request Supporting Documentation for Withdrawing from U of I due to Mental Health Reasons

If you are currently working with a mental health practitioner at the CMHC for either counseling or psychiatric services, we recommend that you discuss your request for supporting documentation with them directly. Your mental health practitioner will ask you to complete a Release of Information giving your authorization for the CMHC to release your confidential information to the DOS.

It is your responsibility to submit a letter provided by your clinician to the DOS. Please note that any decision regarding the approval status of your hardship withdrawal petition will be at the sole discretion of the DOS.


For questions regarding the hardship withdrawals program, please contact the Dean of Students Office directly.

Office of the Dean of Students
Location: Teaching & Learning Center, Rm. 232
Phone: 208-885-6757
Fax: 208-885-9494

Contact Us

Mary Forney Hall Room 306

Physical Address:
1210 Blake Avenue
Moscow, ID 83844-3140

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3140
Moscow, ID 83844-3140

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Summer Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 208-885-6716

Fax: 208-885-4354


Web: Counseling & Mental Health Center