Voluntary Leave of Absence
Ordinarily, the College expects full-time students to complete the bachelor's degree in four academic years. However, at times family, medical, personal, or financial emergencies arise that may interrupt one's studies. Students who must leave the College for a short time but who intend to return to their studies may request a Voluntary Leave of Absence for up to four consecutive semesters. Students who do not return within two years will be re-classified as Withdrawn from the College; withdraw policies and procedures will then apply*. The Voluntary Leave of Absence process is initiated with the Dean of Students. Students receiving financial aid are advised to consult the Student Financial Aid Office before requesting a Voluntary Leave of Absence in order to verify how their financial aid package might be impacted.
*Note: the two years in LOA status will count toward the six-year catalog timeframe.
The Dean of Students may grant a voluntary medical leave of absence anytime during a semester or session, so long as appropriate medical documentation is provided.
Involuntary Medical Leave of Absence
The College may require a student to take a medical leave of absence in certain circumstances when the student’s health may be adversely impacted or the community may be adversely impacted by the student’s continued presence on campus. This policy describes how these leaves of absence can be issued and appealed.
An Involuntary Medical Leave of Absence may be issued if:
- A student is engaging in, or is threatening to engage in, behavior that poses a significant danger of causing substantial harm to the health, safety or welfare of the student or others; or
- The student's behavior has resulted in substantial harm to the health, safety, or welfare of the student, or others and the behavior continues, or there is a risk the behavior will continue, posing a significant danger of causing substantial harm to the health, safety, or welfare of the student or others; or
- The student's behavior has resulted in significant disruption of the teaching, learning or administrative activities of other members of the campus community and the behavior continues, or there is a risk the behavior will continue, with the likely result of such behavior substantially impeding the education processes or proper activities or functions of the college and its personnel.
Before issuing an Involuntary Medical Leave of Absence, the Dean of Students or designee will, when possible:
- Consult with others who can provide relevant information about the student's condition, and
- Provide the student an opportunity to present information about his or her circumstances. If the student is unable or unwilling to meet with the Dean in a timely manner, the student's opportunity to provide information is waived.
The Dean or designee will issue an Involuntary Medical Leave of Absence in writing (email to the student’s College of Idaho address and hardcopy to student’s campus mailbox) to the student. The written notice will include:
- The effective date of the leave.
- The reasons for requiring the leave.
- The conditions for re-enrollment.
- Any restrictions imposed on the student's access to the campus or College-sponsored activities.
A student wishing to return from an Involutary Medical Leave of Absence must:
- Notify the Dean of Students of desire to return.
- Document fulfillment of all conditions placed on re-enrollment.
- Meet all other admission and enrollment requirements of the College.
The Dean will notify the student in writing of the decision to approve or deny returning to campus and/or re-enrollment.