Leave of Absence Policy

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I. A student may request a leave of absence for academic or personal reasons by submitting a statement in writing to the Office of Student Affairs. Such a statement should include indication of the beginning and anticipated ending dates and a brief statement of the reason (academic or personal). Requests for leave of absence must be approved by the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. Leaves of absence shall be granted for no more than one year, but in unusual cases may be renewed by the CAPES for additional years after discussion with the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. Students requiring a personal leave of absence for medical reasons must submit a supporting letter from the Director of the Student Health Service. A written statement of medical clearance will be required before the student may return from such a leave.

II. If there is a reasonable basis for believing that the continued presence of the student on campus or in clinical rotations poses a substantial threat to the student, to patients or to the rights of others to engage in their normal University functions and activities. The following procedure applies:

A. The Chancellor or his designate may impose an involuntary leave of absence when there is evidence that a student has committed an offense under these rules or the University’s Judicial Code and there is evidence that the continued presence of the student on the University campus or as a participant in a clinical rotation poses a substantial threat to himself or herself, to patients or to the rights of others to continue their normal University function and activities.

B. Imposition of the involuntary leave of absence may result in denial of access to the campus, prohibition of class attendance and/or prohibition of participation in clinical rotations.

C. If an involuntary leave of absence is imposed, the suspending authority shall prepare a written notice of the imposition and shall have the notice mailed certified or personally presented to the student. The written notice shall include a brief statement of the reasons therefore, and a brief statement of the procedures provided for resolving cases of involuntary leave of absence under these rules.

D. The student shall be given an opportunity to appear personally before the suspending authority within five (5) business days from the date of service of the notice of imposition of the involuntary leave of absence. If the student asks to appear personally before the suspending authority, only the following issues shall be considered:

  1. Whether the suspending authority’s information concerning the student’s conduct is reliable; and
  2. Whether under all the circumstances, there is a reasonable basis for believing that the continued presence of the student on campus or in clinical rotations poses a substantial threat to the student, to patients or to the rights of others to engage in their normal University functions and activities.

E. Within one week of the date of imposition of the involuntary leave of absence, the suspending authority shall either file a statement of charges against the student with the University Judicial Board, and shall have the statement or charges served, by mail or personal service, upon the student and the dean of the school or college or director of the program in which the student is enrolled or initiate proceedings under these rules to convene a Disciplinary Committee.

F. A temporary suspension shall end when

  1. rescinded by the suspending authority, or
  2. upon the failure of the suspending authority to promptly file a statement of charges with the University Judicial Board or a Disciplinary Committee, or
  3. when the case is heard and decided by the University Judicial Board, or the Disciplinary Committee.

Return of students from involuntary leave of absence requires clearance of both the Director of the Student Health Service and the Associate Dean for Student Affairs.

III. Students receiving financial aid should be advised that at the end of sixty (60) days or more leave of absence, the grace period for loan repayment during a leave of absence may be exhausted. In such cases there will be an obligation for the student to start payments. According to the Federal rules under which loans are made, the use of a grace period during a leave of absence will generally mean that the schedule for loan repayment may be changed. Students who are receiving financial assistance should consult with the Financial Aid Office to determine the implications of a Leave of Absence for their financial aid.

IV. A student returning from a leave of absence of one year duration or less will maintain the same tuition rate. Students returning after more than one year leave of absence will assume the tuition rate of the class they are rejoining. Appeals of this policy should be submitted in writing to the registrar. Please refer to the section on Registration, Payment of Financial Obligations, Withdrawal and Refund Policy regarding policies on the effect of a leave of absence on tuition and other financially related matters.