Leave of Absence

Leaves are generally granted for one semester or year at a time, renewable upon request for a maximum of two years, and should be requested prior to the beginning of the semester. In order to request a leave, the student must have been registered for the previous semester. The Request for Leave of Absence form can be downloaded at www.grad.sunysb.edu and should be submitted to the graduate program director for approval. If the graduate program director approves the request, approval is then recommended to the dean of the Graduate School. In addition, international students who seek a leave of absence must obtain approval of an international student advisor. Military leave of absence will be granted for the duration of obligated service to students in good standing.

• A student on academic probation may be granted a leave of absence with the understanding that reenrollment is subject to conditions imposed by the Graduate School and the program. These conditions will be specified in writing at the time the leave is approved.

• Any semester in which a student is on an approved leave of absence does not count in the calculation of the student’s time limit for degree completion.

• Students planning to return from leaves should complete a Readmission Form for Graduate Students, which can be downloaded at www.grad.sunysb.edu. Students should submit this form to their program for departmental approval by the chair or director. The program then forwards this form to the Graduate School for final approval and processing. Students are advised to begin the readmission process preferably two months in advance of the term for which they wish to register.