Leaves of absence may be granted to students under exceptional and unavoidable circumstances.  Students requesting a LOA must specify the reasons for the leave, as well as the duration. Requested LOA may be approved for up to two (2) years. Students requiring less than three (3) consecutive terms of absence do not need an approved LOA if they meet the continuous enrollment requirement.

Students with an approved LOA must be enrolled in the first semester after the leave expires.  To request a LOA, the student must complete the Leave of Absence Request form.  The LOA must be approved by the Professor, the College Dean and Regional Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and is noted in the student’s record.  If the LOA is granted, the time absent does not count against the student’s time limit to obtain the degree.

Students returning from an approved LOA must reactivate their status by contacting the Graduate Admission Office for procedures.