Leave of Absence
For detailed Leave of Absence information, refer to the College’s Academic Catalog. Students seeking a Leave of Absence from the OT Program must submit a written request and meet with the Department Chair/Program Director and obtain their permission. Additionally, students seeking a Leave of Absence should be aware of the following stipulations:
- Acceptable Leave of Absence requests are for personal, financial, or medical reasons.
- Leave of Absence requests are not granted for academic reasons (e.g., exam failures or imminent course failure).
- Students may only be granted one leave of absence in each phase (i.e., didactic phase and clinical phase) of the program.
- If granted during the didactic phase of the program, Leave of Absence will automatically result in deceleration from the program, and all policies and procedures of deceleration will apply.
- If granted during the clinical or capstone experience phase of the program, a Leave of Absence may be no more than two semesters in length.
- Students requiring a leave of greater than two semesters will automatically result in deceleration from the program, and all policies and procedures of deceleration will apply.
- Students must complete the entire curriculum and program within five (5) years of entering the program, regardless of approved leave of absences and/or deceleration.
The following procedures will apply to students requesting a leave of absence from the program:
- If a student is denied a Leave of Absence by the Program, he/she may appeal to the Dean of the School of Health Sciences, following the above described appeals processes.
- The Leave of Absence Agreement will be signed by the Department Chair/Program Director and the student.
- Once signed, the Leave of Absence agreement will be forward to the Dean of the School of Health Sciences.
- A date will be established by which the student must notify the Dean and Department
Chair/Program Director of their intent to complete the agreement and resume the program.
- Students will be required to demonstrate maintenance of competency to resume progression in the program.
- This may involve retaking courses, completion of written or practical examinations, and/or other activities deemed necessary by the program.
- These requirements must be completed prior to resumption of the program.
- If required to retake previously completed courses, students are responsible for any associated tuition and fees.