The resources found on this page are to assist you as a Clark University student or family member. If you are facing a problem, concern, or conflict, or are looking to take a leave of absence and are not sure where to begin, please contact the Dean of Students office.
Student Excused Absence Policy
Occasionally, students may miss classes for a short or long period of time. This policy helps explain resources and support for students who miss classes.
Student Leave Policy
Students enrolled at Clark University are expected to maintain continuous enrollment, with the exception of the summer break. However, we understand that it sometimes may be necessary or desirable to take a leave of absence for a period of time. Students who are thinking of taking a leave of absence should contact the Dean of Students office (ASEC 214), by phone at 508-793-7423 or via email. Please note that a leave of absence is granted for a semester at a time. Students may take a leave of absence for three consecutive semesters, but must contact the Dean of Students office to extend their leave each semester. If the student has not returned to Clark University after three consecutive semesters, they will be withdrawn administratively from Clark. A student who is granted a voluntary leave while on academic and/or disciplinary status will return to that same status. Students are encouraged to consult their academic adviser as well as other administrative offices on campus directly, including financial assistance and student accounts, to discuss implications of taking a leave of absence.
Voluntary Leave of Absence
The university recognizes that for various reasons students may want to interrupt their enrollment at Clark to take some time off and may request a temporary separation from the university. To request a Voluntary Leave of Absence, please contact the Dean of Students office and schedule a meeting with a dean. You will also be asked to complete a request for a leave of absence after your meeting.
Medical Leave of Absence
If a medical condition has precipitated your need for a leave of absence, you may apply to take a medical leave of absence. To do so, please read the Medical Leave of Absence Policy and then schedule a meeting with one of the deans in the Dean of Students office.
Leaves for the purpose of studying abroad are arranged through the Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs.
When you take a leave, your course selection for the coming semester is automatically canceled. After you notify us that you are returning you will need to reach out to your faculty adviser to discuss class registration. If you are unable to contact your faculty adviser, contact Academic Advising at 508-793-7468 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are not a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, your visa may require that you be a full-time student. If you take a leave of absence, you will no longer meet that requirement. You must obtain authorization from the International Students and Scholars Office before you take a leave of absence.
Withdrawing from the University
If while on leave you decide not to return to Clark at all, you should contact the Dean of Students Office, which will provide you with the appropriate form for withdrawing from the University.
Return from Leave of Absence
In the semester during which you are on leave, you will receive a notification from the Dean of Students Office asking you to verify your plans for returning. An email will be sent to your Clark email address asking you to indicate whether you plan to return, request an extension of your leave, or notify us that you are withdrawing. It is important you respond to this email, as it serves as the required written notification of your intent to return to active status or to extend your leave. Responding to the email helps us keep track of your status and ensure that you get the appropriate information to facilitate your enrollment. Failure to respond results in being withdrawn from the University.
To return from a leave of absence, please contact the Dean of Students office at email@example.com or call 508-793-7423. It is not necessary to reapply for admission to return to active status from leave status, but you must inform the Dean of Students Office in writing of your plan to re-enroll. Students returning from a medical leave of absence also will need to complete the following forms: