Leave of Absence, Withdrawal, and Reinstatement
Graduate Medical Sciences Policy
Leave of Absence
Normally, students must register for each regular (i.e., fall/spring) semester until completion of all degree requirements. Upon written petition to the Associate Provost for GMS and for appropriate cause, a student is allowed up to a total of two (2) semesters of leave [or for a total of one (1) academic year] of absence throughout degree completion without the necessity of reapplication and/or readmission.
Leaves of absence beyond two (2) semesters are granted only in exceptional cases, such as a substantiated illness, maternity or paternity leave, or military service. The student should petition to the Associate Provost for GMS with the approval of the program director.
The procedure for requests for a leave of absence is:
- The student should meet with their advisor and program director for approval.
- The student submits a written request explaining the reason for leave of absence along with the required forms, including the program director’s signature, to the GMS Registrar.
- The student may be asked to meet with the Associate Provost.
Requests for a leave of absence should be submitted within the first three (3) weeks of the semester in which the leave is intended to begin. If approved, a request for a leave of absence is effective on the day it is received. A certificate of authorized leave of absence is issued and a copy is included in the student’s record. For a student who files for a leave of absence from the University before classes start, charges for tuition and fees are canceled in accordance with the University’s published refund schedule.
A student who is on a leave of absence and who has borrowed federal and/or private loans may be required to begin repayment while on leave.
The period of authorized leave of absence is counted as a part of the total time allowed for completion of the degree requirements. Students may not complete any degree requirements in a semester for which they have been granted a leave of absence.
Leaves of Absence for Medical Reasons
Sometimes a student may need to interrupt their studies for medical reasons. A student requesting a leave of absence for medical reasons must submit a letter from their clinician, or they must be seen (or have the records reviewed) by Student Health Services or its designee. GMS reserves the right to require an involuntary medical leave of absence if it is determined that a student’s continued enrollment would create a significant risk to the health and safety of the student or others.
A student seeking to re-enroll after a medical leave of absence must demonstrate to GMS that the student’s health permits the successful completion of studies. Documentation needed to support this finding will be determined by Student Health Services or its designee, but will generally include information from the student’s clinician as well as an assessment by Student Health Services or its designee. The decision whether to permit a student to re-enroll is within the sole discretion of GMS.
Students who wish to withdraw from the University must submit their requests in writing, explaining the reason for withdrawal along with the required forms (including the program director’s signature) to the GMS Registrar, as well as to the student’s department or program. The student may be asked to meet with the Associate Provost for GMS.
If approved, a withdrawal is effective on the day it is received and charges are canceled in accordance with the University’s published refund schedule, based on the effective date of the student’s withdrawal.
Absence from class does not reduce financial obligations or guarantee that final grades will not be recorded.
A student who has voluntarily withdrawn from GMS will be subject to the regulations governing Readmission to a Degree Program.