Students may request a Leave of Absence from studies for one or two consecutive semesters’ absence from Plymouth (this policy applies only to continuous fall and spring semesters; winter and summer sessions are not considered to be a part of a student’s regular continuous enrollment). A Leave of Absence is appropriate if the student intends to return to the University following a temporary absence for compelling reasons, which may include but are not limited to:
- military service
- family emergencies
- medical reasons
Eligible students who apply for and receive a Leave of Absence retain their status as an active student which guarantees retention of their Plymouth email account, access to myPlymouth, and the ability to register online. No readmission application or fees are required if the student re-enrolls for a fall or spring semester immediately following the leave of absence. If there is no intent to return to the University, or if a student is unable to return following the leave of absence period, the regular withdrawal procedure should be followed. If the university approves a leave of absence, a student receiving federal loans retains their in-school status for a maximum of 180 days.
To request a Leave of Absence, a student must fill out a Plymouth State University Request for Leave of Absence and Return Form. Upon completion, the form must be reviewed and approved by both the Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies and the Vice President for Student Affairs.