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.
For more information on the Medical Leave of Absence and Involuntary Health-Related Withdrawal Policy, click here.