Medical Leaves of Absence: Issues Surrounding Voluntary and Involuntary Withdrawals

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Date: 9/24/2019, 1 PM Eastern
Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter: Dr. James Ottavio Castagnera, , Ph.D. and Attorney at Law
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Credits:This program has been approved for 1.5 general recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. This program is valid for 1.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.
Who Should Attend? Administrators, counselors, faculty, staff, legal counsel
Best For: Higher education

Two common, recurring scenarios have inspired this essential webinar.

Scenario One: The semester is drawing to a close. The “drop” period is long past. A student appears in the dean of student’s office with a request to take a voluntary medical withdrawal, claiming that a medical condition prevents her from completing the term’s coursework.

Scenario Two: Another student has been treated at the college health center for injuries that suggest self-harm. A friend in his residence hall reports to the RA that the student has expressed suicidal ideations.

Should the first student be allowed to withdraw and take a medical leave of absence? Should the second student be required to do so?

Answering these questions correctly can mean the difference between a favorable outcome and a lawsuit... or even between life and death.

Other comparable scenarios concern the student who seeks a voluntary medical leave on the cusp of a disciplinary hearing; the student who seeks readmission following a medical leave of absence and lacks the requisite release from a treating physician or psychologist; and, the student whose disability, such as Asperger Syndrome, has led to confrontations with students and faculty who are now fearful of the student’s continued presence. How should you handle each of these all-too-common cases within the bounds of the law and best practices?

Please join Dr. Jim Castagnera for a session covering the essential (and complicated) issues surrounding medical leaves of absence on campus.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • How relevant federal and state statutes, notably the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act, impact medical leaves of absence
  • What the latest federal court cases can tell us about legally handling these difficult situations
  • Sample policies and procedures to govern voluntary and involuntary medical withdrawals and leaves
  • The impact of a medical withdrawal on the student’s financial aid
  • The latest Department of Education requirements and guidance on involuntary medical withdrawals and leaves
  • Balancing your disability policy with your disciplinary policy



Your conference leader for "Medical Leaves of Absence: Issues Surrounding Voluntary and Involuntary Withdrawals" is Dr. James Ottavio Castagnera, Esq. Jim holds a JD and a PhD from Case Western Reserve University. He was a labor, employment, and intellectual property lawyer at the Philadelphia law firm of Saul Ewing for ten years before joining Rider University as associate provost and legal counsel for academic affairs. His portfolio in that capacity has included regulatory compliance and research integrity; labor relations, litigation management, and dispute resolution; human subjects research, animal facilities, and lab safety; international faculty and student issues; services to students with disabilities; academic-program development, and academic governance matters. His publications include 21 books, mostly on education and employment topics. He teaches human-resource compliance courses online for Drexel University’s law school and is the chief consultant for his company, K&C HR Enterprises/Holland Media Services. QUALITY COMMITMENT

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