LEAVE OF ABSENCE

Students who desire a personal leave of absence, medical leave of absence, or educational leave of absence should submit their request in writing per the policy outlined below.

The total time spent on leave of absence may not exceed one year unless specifically approved by the ASC. The Associate Dean for Student Affairs, or designee, will present the student’s appeal for an extension and will advise the ASC as needed.

Leave of Absence – Academic

The ASC can place a student on academic leave of absence. Only the ASC can approve the return to registration from an academic leave of absence.

Leave of Absence – Disciplinary

Only the ASC can place a student on a disciplinary leave of absence or approve the return of a student to registration from a disciplinary leave of absence.

Leave of Absence – Educational/Research

Students in good academic standing who wish to take a leave of absence to pursue another degree, such as the MPH or MBA, or who wish to pursue an extended research experience should submit a written request to the Chair of the Academic Status Committee. This request should specify the purpose and the time period of the leave of absence. The request should be accompanied by a formal letter of acceptance for the alternate degree program or research investigation. As a usual rule, the ASC will approve such a request for a period of one year. Students who wish to extend their leave of absence for more than one year should make a formal written request to the Chair of the Academic Status Committee. That request should provide a detailed progress and an explanation for continuance of the academic program or research experience. Progress reports from the mentor should be provided to the ASC on an annual basis for any educational/research leaves.

Leave of Absence – Medical

The Associate Dean for Medical Education or the Associate Dean for Student Affairs may approve a leave of absence of up to six weeks for compelling medical issues that are temporarily impeding a student’s academic progress. The Academic Status Committee will be notified that the leave of absence has been granted. If the leave extends for more than six weeks, the student must make a leave request to the Academic Status Committee. This should include documentation from a treating practitioner, a proposed return date and an academic plan and schedule. This must be approved by the Academic Status Committee. When a student wishes to return to registration after a medical leave of absence, he/she must make an appearance before the Academic Status Committee. Students returning must present an updated academic plan and documentation that their medical situation has resolved or is being appropriately addressed, and that they are fit to resume their medical studies (e.g., health care provider letter and/or cognitive testing results).

Leave of Absence – Personal

The Associate Dean for Medical Education or the Associate Dean for Student Affairs may approve a leave of absence of up to six weeks for compelling personal issues that are temporarily impeding a student’s academic progress. The Academic Status Committee will be notified that the leave of absence has been granted. If the leave extends for more than six weeks, the student must submit a request for extension, which includes an academic plan and schedule, to the Academic Status Committee for approval. When a student wishes to return to registration after a personal leave of absence, he/she must present an updated academic plan and make an appearance before the Academic Status Committee.

Leave of Absence – USMLE

Students who do not pass the USMLE examination can be placed on a USMLE-leave of absence by the Associate Dean for Medical Education or the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. Students will be reinstated by the Associate Dean for Medical Education or Associate Dean for Student Affairs upon successful completion of the examination.

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