Psychological Withdrawal Documentation


MEMORANDUM TO: Mental Health Professionals
  Treating ASU Students who have
  Received a Psychological Withdrawal
FROM: Christopher J. Hogan, Ph.D.
  Counseling & Psychological Services Center
SUBJECT: Documentation Required for
  Return to School

Anyone who is granted a Psychological Withdrawal from Appalachian State University must remain out of school for a minimum of six months and receive treatment during that time from a licensed or certified mental health professional (e.g. psychologist, psychiatrist, counselor, social worker, or psychiatric nurse). When a student is ready to return to school, the therapist must complete the attached questionnaire and provide a letter recommending reinstatement. One or two visits to a mental health professional will not suffice. The therapist will need to make an explicit statement that (1) the student has complied with treatment and is stable and ready to return to the unstructured, and sometimes stressful, environment of the university; (2) the student has addressed the issues that led him/her to drop out of school; and (3) it is in the best interest of the student to return to school. A diagnosis, prognosis, and recommendation for follow-up treatment should also be provided.

Several weeks prior to the start of the student's intended semester of return, the questionnaire and letter should be sent or faxed to the Counseling Center. The student should then contact the Center to determine that the documentation has been received and contains sufficient information to enable them to schedule an appointment with the Director or one of the Associate Directors, for clearance to return to school. This appointment cannot be scheduled until the documentation has been received and reviewed by the Counseling Center.

If you have questions regarding our policy, please feel free to contact me, or an Associate Director.


A copy of this letter is available here as a Microsoft Word Document: Psychological Withdrawal Memorandum

Emergency Services

The Counseling Center offers after-hours emergency coverage for urgent mental health concerns such as suicidal thoughts, sexual assault, and other trauma.  Call the Counseling Center at 828-262-3180 and select the option to speak with the counselor on-call.

During operating hours, students in crisis can walk in any time.

Prevent Suicide Block

Contact Us


Physical Address: 
1st Floor, Miles Annas Building
614 Howard Street 
Boone, NC 28608-2044

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 32044
Boone, NC 28608

Phone: 828-262-3180
Fax: 828-262-3182

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m-5:00 p.m

Initial Consultation Hours:
Monday - Friday:
8:30-11:00 a.m. & 1:00-4:00 p.m.

 - Please Note -
During Summer Sessions, Initial Consultation Hours at times may vary. Please contact us at (828) 262-3180 for our current schedule and to verify availability.

Find Us On Campus Map


C U Thrive - Online Resources for Students