Taking a Leave of Absence After the Semester Begins

While leaves should typically be arranged well in advance of the start of the semester, sometimes unexpected circumstances—such as a medical emergency—will require the interruption of your studies after the semester has begun. Work with your instructors and academic advisor to determine whether it is possible to complete the classes you have started; consulting with the USC about options can also be helpful.

To plan your return from a leave of absence taken on or after the first day of the semester, please see Planning Your Return.