Students who need to step away from their studies and are considering a leave of absence (standard) or voluntary withdrawal from the university are strongly urged to contact their academic dean's office first. The professional advisors in the dean’s office (undergraduate students) or Graduate Program Director (graduate students) can explain the differences between the options, explore other options students may not be aware of, answer any questions students may have prior to or while away from the university, and will connect students to the Office of Financial Aid to review the potential impacts on financial aid.
Students who need to step away from their studies and are considering a leave of absence (medical) from the university for mental health/emotional concerns should contact the Counseling Center; or for medical concerns should contact Health Services as early as possible to discuss their options and specific requirements for a leave.
Distinction between Leave of Absence and Voluntary Withdrawal:
- Students who need to step away from the university for a set period of time and have the intention of returning to the university should elect a leave of absence.
- Students who have no intention of returning to the university should elect a voluntary withdrawal.