Medical Leave Protocol

Medical Leave of Absence Protocol

What is a medical leave of absence?
A medical leave of absence is granted to students who become ill, either physically or mentally, or injured during the course of a semester. The student is given two semesters to recover from his/her illness or injury without having to re-enroll at St. Joseph’s College.  

What information do I need to provide?
In order to be considered for a medical leave of absence, the student must provide current and detailed medical documentation that supports the student’s request for a medical leave of absence. This documentation must be on a physician’s official letterhead or on a prescription pad. 

How do I take a medical leave?
If a student wishes to apply for a medical leave of absence, they must contact Laurie McArdle, assistant director of the Office of Career Development, Wellness and Disability Services. A meeting will be scheduled to review the process. Medical documentation must be provided at this time.

What happens with my classes if I take a medical leave?
Once all the forms have been filled out, and the medical documentation is approved, a student’s classes will reflect a WD (withdrawal) for each of their classes for the semester. This will NOT affect a student’s G.P.A.

What is my financial liability if I take a medical leave?
A medical leave does not mean that the student’s financial liability is eliminated. There are many variables that come into play when a student takes a medical leave. It is imperative that the student contacts the bursar’s office and the financial aid office to discuss his/her individual financial implications.

What happens when I am ready to come back?
When a student is ready to return they must make an appointment to meet with their adviser to select their courses. The adviser will let the student know if there are any holds on his/her account which will prevent them from registering. In addition, they must contact the financial aid office to ensure that all paperwork has been completed.

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