Academic Leave of Absence Policy

Approved, as amended, by SGS Executive Council December 14, 2017

Approved by SGS Graduate Faculty on December 20, 2017

Students in good academic standing, who must interrupt their studies temporarily, should apply for a leave of absence in writing to the Senior Associate Dean through their graduate program directors. A SGS student may be granted a leave (or leaves) of absence for a period not to exceed a total of 12 months.

Written notification of the student's intent to return must be received by the SGS Senior Associate Dean's Office at least one month prior to the expiration of the leave. Registration is not required and funding support may be affected by the leave.

Foreign students holding a student visa who wish to temporarily leave the United States under this policy must obtain permission of their advisor, graduate program director and the SGS Senior Associate Dean’s Office 30 days prior to their travel, and should contact the Office of International Services (OIS) to receive last minute advice and most current information. Students granted permission then apply for a new I-20 or DS-2019 in order to return to the U.S. Any foreign student who leaves the United States under this policy without the consent of their Graduate Director is subject to disciplinary action.

Students NOT returning from leave of absence within the approved date may be required to reapply to the Graduate School and undergo a new admissions process.