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Leave of Absence

A non-academic leave may be granted by the Dean of Students because of medical, financial,
personal, family, or other problems that are best treated away from Cornell. A student who takes
an approved non-academic leave of absence is considered to have withdrawn from Cornell and
Cornell's withdrawal policy applies. A non-academic leave of absence is approved if

• the student has made a written request to the Dean of Students; and
• the Dean of Students has determined that there is a reasonable expectation the student will

    return from the leave, and has granted written approval. Failure to return by the agreed
    upon return date will result in the student being officially withdrawn from the College.

Cornell College policy restricts leaves of absence to a maximum of 90 days unless an extension is
granted by the Dean of Students.

During a leave, the student will be considered withdrawn from Cornell, thus, ineligible for Title
IV (federal) financial assistance during that time.

During a leave of absence, the student surrenders the privileges of regularly enrolled students,
and is, therefore, not permitted to live in College housing, use College facilities, or to participate
in any Cornell-sponsored extracurricular activities in ways that are not also open to the general

Conditions for return include the student continuing to fulfill payment arrangements with the
College while on a leave of absence.

The student should consult with their insurance carrier regarding potential insurance claims or
medical expenses that may be acquired during a planned leave of absence.

This Leave of Absence policy does not refer to the Federal Title IV definition of a Leave of
Absence, but is a Cornell College policy.

For information on requesting an academic leave of absence for the purpose of participation in
off-campus study programs not affiliated with Cornell (see "Other Off-Campus Study").

Withdrawal from the College

To withdraw from Cornell College, a student must apply to the Dean of Students. Should a
student leave without official permission, he or she will have the grade of F recorded for each
course in progress. Students who have not attended classes for 60 calendar days and have not
filed for a Reduced Program (see Reduced Programs) or a Withdrawal will be dropped from the

Students must vacate residence hall rooms within 48 hours of initiating the withdrawal process
unless permitted otherwise by the Dean of Students.

Students who are recipients of financial aid or who hold Cornell scholarships or campus
employment should, before withdrawing, discuss with the Office of Financial Assistance the
consequences if they later wish to return to Cornell and need aid.

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