Sometimes it becomes necessary to step away from your program for a time. If you need to take some time off from actively pursuing your degree, you will need to request a Leave of Absence from the College. We ask that you indicate when you anticipate returning to your program when you submit your paperwork.
You can request to leave your program for up to one calendar year. Because we want to make sure that all invested parties are aware of your plans and any possible supports you may need, both your Program Director and the Chair of your department are required signatures on the Leave of Absence form.
When you take a Leave of Absence, you extend the time you will be permitted to complete your degree. All students are given a five year window to meet their degree requirements before their status as a matriculated (active, degree-seeking) student expires. By formally taking a leave, your time away from the college will not count against your five year deadline.
If you find that a year is not long enough, we invite you to write to the Registrar. A grace period may be granted for up to six months for students who, due to extenuating circumstances, need more time. You will be notified when you request the extension that you must resume your coursework at the end of the six month period or be asked to withdraw from the college.
While you are on a leave, we will continue to invite you to participate in online registration. If you decide you can resume your studies earlier than you originally anticipated, we welcome you reactivating your enrollment by simply registering during the online registration period.
If you stop registering for classes and never complete a formal request for a Leave of Absence, our office will reach out to verify your enrollment plans. If you do not respond to our outreach, you will be automatically withdrawn from the college after a year of non-enrollment. Should this happen, if you want to return to your program, you will be required to contact our Graduate Admissions Office and begin the process for readmission to the college.
If you reach the end of your six month grace period, meaning you have been away from your program for a year and a half, and still cannot return to your program, you may be counseled to withdraw from your program (see Withdrawal from the College under the “Interruptions of Study” section for more information).