Graduate students are required to maintain continuous registration until all degree requirements are completed, although a leave of absence may be considered for personal reasons or for thesis/dissertation filing.
- Personal Leave
- A student may request a personal leave for any personal reason that they encounter that limits their capacity to enroll and make progress towards their degree. Students are eligible for 3 quarters of personal leave but could request up to 3 more quarters with the Graduate Dean’s approval.
- No additional documentation is needed in support of the leave request, unless the student is requesting beyond the first 3 quarters of leave.
- Filing Leave
In reviewing Leave of Absence petitions, departments are asked to consider the following:
A leave of absence guarantees the student a position in the department upon return from the approved leave
Registration is required to hold student academic appointments, receive financial support, and access most University services
A Request for Change in Fellowship Schedule form is required if the student is a Central Fellow and would like to modify their fellowship schedule
Students can request from their home departments to defer their departmental offers
Most financial agencies expect the repayment of loans
A student cannot complete degree milestones and/or have a degree awarded while on a non-Filing LOA
Export Control and Travel to Sanctioned Countries
The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) administers a number of different sanction and embargo programs. The sanction programs can be either comprehensive or selective, using the blocking of assets and trade restrictions to accomplish foreign policy and national security objectives.
OFAC administered sanctions not only cover the export of goods, they also cover the export of services. For example, distance learning services may not be provided to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, or Ukraine under the current OFAC sanctions without a license. A license application from OFAC can take 3-12 months or longer for processing by the federal government, and approval is not guaranteed.
If you are planning to travel to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, or Ukraine, please contact the Export Control Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.