College of Arts and Sciences Leave of Absence or Withdrawal

Whether a CAS student is considering or knows they need to withdraw (WDL) or take a leave of absence (LOA), they should submit the information requested here.

Within three business days of submission, a Student Affairs staff member will reach out to schedule a meeting with the student, explore options, and guide them through their decision-making. Should it be determined that a WDL or LOA is best, the staff member will assume responsibility for providing proper and timely notice to the Registrar’s Office, who in turn will notify other relevant offices. An LOA or WDL is only official when this meeting has taken place and notification has been provided.

Per University policy, during a student’s leave of absence, their official records remain active, as does their email address. Students returning from a leave of absence within one year are not required to be formally readmitted. Students will be expected to fulfill the graduation requirements in effect at the date of their original matriculation. Students who do not return from a leave of absence within one year are withdrawn from the University. To return, they must be formally readmitted.

Withdrawal from the University is the permanent separation of the student from the University. Should a withdrawn student want to return to the University, they will have to apply for admission.

Items to consider when planning your LOA or WDL:

Student Health Insurance – The student health insurance plan is a yearlong policy.

  • Should your LOA initially take place in the fall, please note the insurance plan waiver deadline. The Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) will automatically be waived in the Spring, unless you contact Student Affairs directly.
  • Should your LOA initially take place in the Spring, please note your Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) will continue for the duration of coverage.
  • Should your LOA initially take place over the summer, please note the SHIP waiver deadline.

The Housing Selection and Placement Process (HSPP) happens annually in March for the following academic year including the Off Campus Petition process. If you are hoping to obtain off campus approval, be sure to follow the off campus petition process and deadlines. Please contact Residence Life and Housing at or 909-748-8053 for questions.

Study Away – if study away plans will be impacted by your LOA or WDL, please be sure to communicate with the Study Away office at 909-748-8044.

If you are a CAS student and have immediate questions, please contact Student Affairs at 909.748.8281.