All students are eligible to take a leave of absence, provided they have not been dropped by the University and are not dropped at the end of the semester during they apply for a leave. A student desiring a leave of absence should obtain application forms and instructions from the Dean's office in 350 Buttrick Hall.
Leaves are granted for one semester or for a year.
Any student who wishes to take a leave of absence for personal reasons should first confer with an advising dean. Reasons for personal leave might include desire to travel, desire to work in some special program or project without academic credit, family problems, or desire to simply "find one's self" or gain a sense of direction.
In order to return to Vanderbilt, the student must register by the deadline.
Upon advice of an appropriate medical authority, a leave may be granted for one or two semesters by an advising dean.
In order to return to Vanderbilt, you must submit the following documents at least 45 days before the first day of classes of the semester for which you intend to return:
The Office of Student Health and Wellness, in consultation with the dean, will review the paperwork and determine whether the condition requiring the medical withdrawal has been corrected sufficiently to allow you to resume your academic career at Vanderbilt successfully. The Dean’s Office will give final approval for class registration.
Any student who feels that financial reasons prevent a return to Vanderbilt may be granted a leave of absence for one or two semesters by an advising dean.
In order to return to Vanderbilt, the student must present to an advising dean, at least one week prior to the first day of classes of the intended semester of return, a written statement that the student is capable of meeting the financial obligations of a full-time student.