Returning to Campus After a Hospitalization

Occasionally, a student's psychological or physical condition manifests itself in such a way that it must be addressed.

In some cases, this will result in a hospitalization, or the student leaving campus for a period of time. After the student is released from the hospital, the Dean of Students Office (or his/her designee), must be involved with the student's transition back into the University community.

A student who has been hospitalized, or has left the campus, due to a physical or psychiatric emergency, may be allowed to return to Webster University (and/or campus housing) if s/he agrees to take steps that will accommodate the needs of the student and the University community.

  • Prior to returning to campus, the student must meet with the Dean of Students (or his/her designee), following release from a health care facility for a mental health or medical emergency. The student must provide results of any mental health or medical assessments that were made and any other supporting documentation, which provides the clinician's assessment of the student's ability to return to the University. If a student chooses not to obtain an assessment, the Dean of Students (or his/her designee) may ask the student to leave the University, or restrict the student's access to educational programs and activities, services, and facilities.
  • The Dean of Students (or his/her designee) will assess information provided and reserves the right to make a determination as to whether or not the student will be permitted to return to campus. The University will assess whether the student can be reasonably accommodated to permit his/her participation in classes, educational programs and activities, including living in campus housing, without causing an undue hardship or presenting a direct threat to the health or safety of other members of the University community.
  • The University reserves the right to require the student to comply with a University-monitored treatment plan recommended by a licensed health care or mental health professional as a condition of returning to the campus community. The student will be responsible for paying the costs of treatment, including the cost of the initial assessment.

Any student who does not follow through with the assessment process, from the initial meeting through the recommendations given, may be withdrawn from classes and required to leave the campus.

Involving Essential Parties

In some circumstances, Webster University reserves the right to notify the parents of the student and appropriate University officials, including academic deans and faculty, due to the potentially serious nature of the situation.

Modified April 2006