Matriculated students may interrupt continuous enrollment by electing to take a leave of absence from the university. Leaves may be taken for medical or personal reasons, to pursue a program of study at another institution, or to engage in other off-campus educational experience without serving connections with the University of New Haven through withdrawal. Before taking a leave of absence, students are encouraged to discuss their particular situation wit an academic advisor or the dean of their school.
Leaves of absence for full-times students are processed by the Registrar's Office. (Unregistered students, students on leave for the current semester, and probationary students can also initiate a leave of absence through the Office of Academic Services.)
International students must initiate the leave of absence through the International Services Office before coming to the Registrar's Office to file for a leave.
A student who has been dropped or dismissed from the University for disciplinary or academic reasons is not eligible for a leave of absence until properly reinstated.
A student who has withdrawn as a degree candidate is not eligible for a leave of absence. If a student withdraws while of absence, the leave is invalidated. Normally, leaves are not approved for a period longer than two semesters (one academic year). Leaves are not required or granted for summer periods alone.
A student who wished to return later than the semester originally stated on the Leave of Absence form must apply for an extension of the leave of absence through the Registrar's Office.
A student who plans to enroll for course-work at another accredited institution during a leave of absence should review program plans with his or her academic advisor to verify eligibility for receiving credit at the University of New Haven.
Taking a leave of absence may affect a student's financial aid, loan deferments, and/or accountability for housing contracts. All students receiving financial aid should contact the Financial Aid Office, and residential student should contact the Residential Life Office, before taking a leave of absence.
Student who fulfills the conditions of an approved leave of absence may return to the university without applying for readmission and may also register for classes for the semester in which he or she plans to return.
If a student fails to request an extension of the original leave and decided to return in a future semester, the student must apply for readmission through the Undergraduate Admissions Office.(back to previous page)