As a student, you might be considering whether taking a leave of absence from the university is the right decision for you based on your individual circumstances at this time. The Center for Academic Success understands the various reasons why you might need to take some time away and has outlined steps below to help you make an informed decision — and how to reenroll in classes when you return.
Susquehanna University supports each student’s academic journey and advises you to engage with members of the university community to better inform you of options that are available to you. If you are considering time away from the university, or looking to return, you are strongly encouraged to follow the process outlined below to best support your academic transition.
1. Meet with Advisor
You are advised to first meet with your academic advisor before continuing the withdrawal/leave of absence process.
2. Complete and Discuss Exit Survey
Contact the Center for Academic Success, complete the Exit Survey and meet with a Center for Academic Success team member.
3. Submit Withdrawal/Leave of Absence Form
Before your courses can be dropped and administrative offices can be notified, you must submit the Withdrawal/Leave of Absence Form to the registrar’s office. You’ll complete the form with a Center for Academic Success staff member.
4. Academic Plan
If you take time away and return to Susquehanna, your program requirements may change when you reenroll. If you leave the university for one year or less, you may fulfill either your original major and Central Curriculum requirements or the revised requirements. If you withdraw or take a leave of absence from the university for more than one year, you will follow any changes made in your academic program requirements during that time.
The Registrar’s Office will issue your official transcripts of your academic record upon signed request. Susquehanna reserves the right to withhold transcripts of students who have outstanding financial obligations to the university.
6. Financial Details
You are welcome, and advised, to contact Student Financial Services (SFS) prior to your withdrawal/leave of absence from the university to understand the impact it may have on your student account. If you utilize federal or state student aid, you should also contact SFS to understand any impact on your financial aid eligibility and student loan repayment.
For more information, please review the SFS refund policy.
7. International Students
International students are also required to complete the withdrawal process as well as notify the university’s International Student Services Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Susquehanna University is fully committed to supporting students in achieving success. Sometimes a medical or psychological condition can impact a student’s ability to function so severely that either reducing the course load or withdrawing temporarily from the university may be worth considering.
During a complete Medical Leave of Absence (MLOA), we ask that you seek medical treatment to resolve the issue and/or participate in ongoing therapeutic care while you are away. Students are generally expected to spend at least three months and up to one full semester away from the university to focus on treatment and recovery from the matters that precipitated the MLOA.
Medical Leave of Absence (MLOA): Voluntary withdrawal from the university in order to improve mental or physical health, which has been supported by a medical or mental health provider.
Medical Course Load Reduction: Voluntary course load reduction after withdrawal deadline, which is granted in order to improve mental or physical health.
All requested documentation must be submitted to the Center for Academic Success for consideration. To request a medical leave of absence or course reduction:
- Meet with a staff member in the Center for Academic Success to discuss your circumstances and to learn about options.
- Complete the Medical Leave of Absence or Course Reduction Request form.
- Have your physician, therapist or other provider of medical/psychological care submit the Medical Withdrawal Documentation form. This form must be submitted to the Center for Academic Success.
Susquehanna encourages the return of all students who took time away from the university for personal reasons. To request a return from leave, you must first complete the Intention to Reenter Form. Once your form is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email and further instructions to assist with your return.
Students who left the University due to nonvoluntary conditions should refer to their leave of absence letter for information on their return, including dates and conditions.
Returning from a Medical Leave of Absence
In order to be considered for return, we ask that you seek medical treatment to resolve the issue and/or participate in ongoing therapeutic care while you are away. Students who are approved for a Medical Leave of Absence (MLOA) are generally expected to spend at least three months and up to one full semester away from the university to focus on treatment and recovery from the matters that precipitated the MLOA.
When you believe you are ready to return to Susquehanna, you should contact the coordinator of transitions and completion in the Center for Academic Success at email@example.com or 570-372-4412.
- You will be asked to provide the dean of health and wellness records documenting the care that you received during your absence from the university.
- Submit a release for each mental health provider seen during your diagnosis and treatment.
- Request that each provider submit the Readmission Provider Report Form regarding your readiness to return to full-time studies at a residential college.
- Submit a letter reflecting on any additional activities you participated in to promote personal wellness and describing a success plan for your return.
To allow time for processing requests for readmission, all required materials must be received by the deadline for the semester you intend to return
- Fall semester: June 15
- Spring semester: Nov. 15
- Summer semester: March 15
Revised Feb. 4, 2021
Jan. 29, Friday
Drop/Add deadline for first 7-week and 14-week courses.
Feb. 2, Tuesday
Last day to declare Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) option in a first 7-week course. Last day to declare a course audit.
Feb. 3, Wednesday
Regular withdrawal deadline for first 7-week courses; last day to cancel S/U option for a first 7-week course.
Feb. 5, Friday
Last day to declare an S/U option in a 14-week course.
Feb. 12, Friday
Regular withdrawal deadline for 14-week courses; last day to cancel S/U option for a 14-week course; extended withdrawal deadline for first 7-week courses (first-semester, first-year students only**)
Feb. 26, Friday
Late withdrawal deadline for first 7-week courses (see details below*).
March 5, Friday
Extended withdrawal deadline for 14-week courses (first-semester, first-year students only**).
March 19, Friday
Drop/Add deadline for second 7-week courses.
March 23, Tuesday
Last day to declare S/U option for a second 7-week course; last day to declare course audit for second 7-week course.
March 24, Wednesday
Regular withdrawal deadline for second 7-week courses; last day to cancel S/U option for a second 7-week course.
April 2, Friday
Late withdrawal deadline for 14-week courses*. Extended withdrawal deadline for second 7-week courses (first-semester, first-year students only**)
April 16, Friday
Late withdrawal deadline for second 7-week courses (see details below*).
*Late withdrawal policy: students are allowed to take a late withdrawal from a total of 12 semester hours of coursework during their Susquehanna career. To take advantage of this late withdrawal option, students must complete and return to the Registrar's Office the Late Withdrawal Approval form (available at the Registrar's Office).
** Regular withdrawal for new first-semester first-year students only. Students must complete and return a form which is available at the Registrar's Office.