Leave of Absence
In some cases, students may be permitted to take a temporary approved Leave of Absence. Three types of temporary leave exist at the graduate level: medical, military, and personal.
A Medical Leave of Absence is defined as leave that is granted based upon a recommendation from a certified, licensed healthcare provider. Students may request a Medical Leave of Absence by submitting to the academic dean, or his or her designee, a written request accompanied by a corroborating recommendation from said healthcare provider. Students who are registered at the time they seek a Medical Leave of Absence may also seek a Medical Withdrawal and should consult the Catalog of Graduate and Professional Programs for the required procedure. Graduate students who are covered under the University's medical insurance plan will remain insured during an approved Medical Leave of Absence for any period of time when the medical insurance coverage coincides with the Medical Leave of Absence.
A Military Leave of Absence is defined as leave that is granted based upon a student's call to duty or training in the Armed Services or a Reserve Component. Students who are called to active duty or training of any type, whether voluntary or involuntary, may request a Military Leave of Absence by submitting to the dean, or his or her designee, a written request along with copies of their official military orders. Students who are registered at the time they seek a Military Leave of Absence should consult the Catalog of Graduate and Professional Programs for the required procedure to file a Notice of Complete Withdrawal for the term. Requests for military withdrawal should be filed prior to departure but must be filed no later than 60 days following the termination of military orders. Spouses of service members called to active duty may also request a Military Leave of Absence and should follow the same procedure to request the leave.
A Personal Leave of Absence is defined as leave that is granted based upon any grounds other than medical reasons or military service. A maximum of three semesters of Personal Leave may be granted. A request for personal leave should be filed at the time it is determined the leave is needed, since it will not be granted retroactively. Students who are registered at the time they seek a Personal Leave of Absence should consult the Catalog of Graduate and Professional Programs for the required procedure to file a Notice of Complete Withdrawal for the term. Requests for a Personal Leave of Absence are submitted to the designated school committee or office, which forwards a recommendation to the school Dean. The Dean makes the decision about the leave, and his/her decision is final. A Personal Leave of absence will not be granted for the sole purpose of extending a student's statute of limitations.
Approved Medical, Military, and Personal Leaves of Absence do not count toward a student's statute of limitations. Students granted an approved Leave of Absence will have their time-to-degree extended by the amount of time granted by the leave. Readmission of a student following an approved Leave of Absence is granted automatically if the student was in good standing when the Leave was granted.
During an approved Leave, students are not enrolled nor do they have an active student status. Students taking an approved Leave of Absence should make every effort to resolve any grades of incomplete that are due to convert to failing grades prior to beginning a leave or should negotiate with the course instructor(s) a time line for the completion of remaining work. Any extensions of the I-to-F deadline must be approved by the course instructor(s) and communicated to the University Registrar.
International students should consult with the Office of International Programs before requesting a leave of absence, since visa status and other related issues could be affected.
Stipends, grants, financial aid, insurance and/or other funding may be impacted by federal law and/or university policy when taking an Approved Leave of Absence and should be investigated prior to leave.