There are two types of leaves of absence: mandatory and voluntary. A student may be put on a mandatory leave of absence for academic, medical, or administrative reasons. Alternatively, a student may voluntarily request to take a leave of absence for bereavement, jury duty, maternity leave, medical reasons, military duty, or other personal reasons.
Students requesting a voluntary leave of absence must comply with the following:
For mandatory leaves of absence, students must make an appointment with the appropriate Program/School Director and representative from the Dean's Office to discuss the implications of the leave of absence and a revised program of study, if applicable.
All leaves of absence are granted for specific periods of time and require that the student submit written notification of an intention to return prior to the end of the leave period. If an individual fails to return to MWU at the agreed-upon date, the student is considered to have withdrawn from the University and must reapply for admission. Typically, a single leave of absence will not exceed 12 months, and consecutive or multiple interrupted leaves of absence will not exceed 18 months. Periods of non-enrollment do not count towards the maximum allotted time for completion of academic programs. Please refer to the Midwestern University Catalog Academic Policies section for a complete description of the Leave of Absence Policy.