Leaves, Medical Leaves, Emergency Absences, and Withdrawals
Leave of Absence
A leave of absence (LOA) may be available for students who are taking time off from the College for a variety of reasons. Leaves of absence are usually processed before the start of a semester and can be granted for a maximum of two semesters. The final deadline to take a leave during the semester is the deadline to withdraw from a semester course. Tuition, room and board refunds will be calculated on the college’s refund schedule, found in the catalog and guidebook. Students who would like to request a leave of absence should begin by meeting with one of the Deans in Student Services. For answers to frequently asked questions, please click here.
Medical Leave of Absence
A medical leave of absence (MLOA) may be available for students who have medical or psychological conditions that severely limit their ability to perform their academic work. Students who would like to request a medical leave of absence should begin by meeting with a staff member in Health and Counseling. Medical leaves of absence are granted by the Dean of Student Services in consultation with Reed’s Health and Counseling Services, and are based on the written recommendation of a physician or mental health professional. Medical leaves of absence may be in effect for a maximum of four consecutive semesters. Generally, the student will have three months of documented/demonstrated symptom improvement and stability prior to requesting readmission. Tuition, room and board refunds will be calculated on the College’s refund schedule, found in the catalog and guidebook. The final deadline to take a medical leave of absence for the semester is the last day of finals. For answers to frequently asked questions regarding medical leaves, please click here.
An emergency absence (EA) is not a leave from the College. Students are still considered enrolled. There are no refunds for time spent away from the college during an emergency absence. An emergency absence is appropriate for a brief absence from the College (no longer than three weeks). Students intending to take an emergency absence are encouraged to meet briefly with one of the deans in Student Services to discuss resources available to support the student. Students intending to take an emergency absence are not necessarily excused from any responsibilities for missed classes and coursework and should meet with their faculty as soon as possible to discuss the implications of taking an emergency absence in each class. Should a student need more time away from the college, they may apply for a leave of absence, or a medical leave of absence, whichever is more appropriate for their situation. For answers to frequently asked questions regarding emergency absences, please click here.
Students who plan to depart from the College permanently may do so by withdrawing. Students who would like to withdraw should contact the Office of the Dean of Students to initiate the process. Students who have withdrawn and desire to be readmitted must apply for readmission through the Registrar's Office. Tuition, room and board refunds will be calculated on the College’s refund schedule, found in the catalog and guidebook. For answers to frequently asked questions regarding withdrawals, please click here.