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Leaves of Absence - College of Medicine
All leaves of absence are granted by the Leave of Absence Committee. The Committee is appointed by the Dean of the College of Medicine, and chaired by the Dean of Students. A request for a leave of absence may be approved or disapproved by the Committee. Permission for the leave must be obtained in accordance with these procedures and prior approval to return must also be granted.
Requesting a Leave
To request a Leave of Absence from the College of Medicine, a student must:
Although the Leave of Absence Committee may grant a leave, the Academic Promotions Committee will review the student's academic status up until the time the leave was approved, and may take action. All grades earned by the student prior to the approval of the leave remain on the student's transcript (permanent record).
Leaves of absence may be granted for the following reasons:
Consultants from the Student Health Service and/or psychiatric consultants may be asked to provide information to the committee, depending on the nature of the student's request. The student may wish to consent to the Committee's review of medical or psychiatric records.
Leaves of absence are granted for a maximum of one year. An extension may occasionally be granted by the Leave of Absence Committee for unusual circumstances if the student requests an extension in writing at least two months prior to the expected reentry date.
During the clinical years, leaves of less than twelve weeks that will not cause a delay of graduation may be granted by the Dean of Students (or designee).
Returning from a Leave
A student may only return if the Leave of Absence Committee determines that the student has met the goals and conditions for the leave. A request to reenter must be received by the Dean of Students by the date specified in the letter from the Leave of Absence Committee. Such requests will be evaluated in terms of the student's success in resolving the problems, which necessitated the leave and the student's ability to resume the responsibility of becoming a physician. Every student returning from a leave of absence must be cleared by the Student Health Service and receive written approval to resume classes or clinical work.
A student granted permission to return from a leave must meet with the Dean of Students (or a designee) to schedule courses for the academic year.
If at the end of the approved absence the student has not applied for reentry or is not permitted reentry, the student is withdrawn from the college. There is no appeal from this determination.