Students may be granted a leave of absence for educational, medical (including maternity), or compelling personal reasons. Requests for leave must be made in writing to the Associate Dean or Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. Severe physical or mental illness is considered grounds for involuntary medical leave of absence.
Students who are placed on a leave of absence based on academic difficulty will be required to complete an Academic Enhancement Plan. Their return is contingent upon compliance to the terms of the Academic Enhancement Plan. The student’s compliance will be reviewed by the Progress Committee who will determine if he/she is approved to resume their studies in the College of Medicine.
Generally, a leave of absence is not extended for more than one year. Extensions may be granted for extenuating circumstances. If a student is granted an extension for a second year, the student’s readiness for reinstatement must be assessed by the Associate Dean for Student Affairs (or designee) at least four months prior to the beginning of the next academic year. If a student fails to comply with requirements of the assessment, the result will be an administrative withdrawal from the College of Medicine. In such cases, a student will be required to reapply for admission to the College of Medicine. All students are required to comply with the terms of the degree completion policy.
To confirm re-enrollment, First and Second Year students must provide a 90 day notice, in writing, to the Associate Dean or Assistant Dean for Student Affairs of the intent to return to the College of Medicine. Third and Fourth students must provide a 30 day notice, in writing, to the Associate Dean or Assistant Dean for Student Affairs of the intent to return to clinical rotations.
The Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education or Associate Dean for Student Affairs may place a student on involuntary leave if warranted based on review by the EDAS Council and majority vote. Students who are placed on an involuntary leave must complete a fitness for duty evaluation and submit results to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. Results of the fitness for duty evaluation will be taken into consideration when determining eligibility to return to the College of Medicine. The student will be notified in writing if they are approved to resume their studies in the College of Medicine.