Academic Policies and Procedures > Leave of Absence
Leave of absence is permission to be away from the college temporarily, whether it is for medical, financial or personal reasons, including study at another educational institution. Students must file a Leave of Absence form with Records & Registration (WH 115), which will process the request. Students may be on leave for up to two consecutive semesters. Students who plan to take courses elsewhere during their leave must have their selections approved prior to leaving. Please refer to the Post-Matriculation Registration Procedure for more information.
A leave of absence may be voluntary (student initiated) or involuntary (campus initiated). The differences are outlined on Records & Registration's website, as are the steps for returning from voluntary and involuntary leaves of absence.
Students who do not return in the semester they indicated will be automatically withdrawn from the College and will need to apply for readmission if they wish to return.
Additional information about Leave of Absence and Withdrawal
If a student requests a leave of absence or withdrawal from the College before the end of the second week of classes, the student will be deregistered without transcript notation. If the leave of absence or college withdrawal occurs after the second week of classes, the student will be withdrawn from all in-progress courses and a W will be listed on the transcript.
Students may request a leave or withdrawal until the last day of classes. (The exact deadline appears in the Academic Calendar for each semester.) Students who stop attending class(es) and do not submit a completed Leave of Absence or Withdrawal from the College form will receive grades of "F."
Leave of absence and withdrawal may affect students' financial obligations. Please contact the Office of Student Accounts with questions about liability (e.g., tuition, fees, room and board) and aid. The tuition refund policy may also be of interest.