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Taking a Leave of Absence or Withdrawing from Ithaca College

There may be instances in which it is in a student's best interest to spend some time away from the college. 

Accordingly, students may pursue taking a leave of absence (LOA) from Ithaca College for personal, medical or emergency reasons. A student may also consider withdrawing from the college if they do not plan to return to Ithaca College. 

However, Ithaca faculty and staff are committed to supporting students! The college offers many ways to support academic success, personal wellbeing and future professional goals. Before submitting your application to take a leave of absence or withdraw permanently please consider looking for support with resources provided in the link below or meeting with a trusted faculty member/staff or staff in the Academic Advising Center.   

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Leave of Absence & Withdraw Information

A personal leave may be taken for an upcoming semester or during the current semester. First, a student must complete the Interest form via Workflow. Following, a student will be prompted via email to complete an application. 

Completing the application serves as an appropriate notification to the college and assures that the leave is reflected accurately on the students’ official transcript. A LOA granted during the current semester goes into effect based on the day the student submits their application via the workflow system apps.ithaca.edu. A personal leave of absence is required for non-affiliated study abroad. 

Responsibilities of Student Requesting a LOA 

  1. Review the college catalog for the complete information on taking a personal leave of absence

  1. Meet or consult with Student Financial Services to determine the financial implication of taking a Leave of Absence. 

  1. Meet with or consult with your Faculty Advisor or staff in the Academic Advising Center 

  1. Students living in on-campus housing have 7 days from the application date to check out of their housing assignment following ResLife protocol

  1. If you would like to speak with someone regarding the LOA process, please contact Chris Wlosinski at cwlosinski@ithaca.edu or 607-274-7731 

If an enrolled, incoming first-year student wishes to defer their enrollment to a future term and year, they should complete the Deferral Request Form; it is available in the student’s status portal, and there is information on the Undergraduate Admission website here

Students that are on a LOA for personal or medical reasons may request a second consecutive semester, in order to continue the leave. 

Responsibilities of Student Requesting 

     1.  Review the college catalog for the complete information on taking a personal leave of absence

    2.  Complete the application to continue the LOA for personal or medical reasons no later than July 1st for the fall semester and December 1st for the spring semester to meet federal policy via the workflow system apps.ithaca.edu

   3.  Meet or consult with Student Financial Services to determine the financial implication continuing a Leave of Absence. 

Students who must leave the College due to medical or psychological conditions that necessitate their extended absence may request a medical leave of absence (MLOA) for up to two semesters. MLOA requests are handled by Hammond Health and proper documentation from a treatment provider must be submitted before a student is granted a MLOA. The MLOA application can be found via the workflow system apps.ithaca.edu 

Responsibilities of Student Requesting a MLOA 

  1. Review the college catalog for the complete information on taking a MLOA

  1. Meet or consult with Student Financial Services to determine the financial implication of taking a Leave of Absence, during a semester. 

  1. Students living in on-campus housing have 7 days from the application date to check out of their housing assignment following ResLife protocol

  1. If you would like to speak with someone regarding the MLOA process, please contact Brandi Riker at briker@ithaca.edu or (607) 274-5763 

Students who want to return from a medical leave of absence must contact Hammond Health Center to request an application to return. Before the application can be considered, supporting documentation from a treating medical or mental health professional must be submitted to the Health Center. This documentation must indicate that the medical and/or psychological condition has been addressed, that the student is able to function safely as a member of the College community, and that the student is capable of resuming study at the College. Furthermore, this documentation should provide the nature and duration of treatment, and any recommendations for ongoing care once the student has returned to campus. 

Responsibilities of Student Requesting a MLOA 

  1.  Review the college catalog for the complete information on taking a MLOA  

  1. Completed applications for return to campus must be received on or before December 1 to return for the Spring semester, July 1 to return for the Fall semester, and May 1 to return for the Summer semester. 

  1. Contact Brandi Riker at briker@ithaca.edu or (607) 274-5763 to request the application to return. 

Students who must leave the College on urgent personal grounds that necessitate their absence for a semester, such as death or a serious illness in the immediate family, may request an emergency leave of absence. Documentation of the serious nature of the emergency must be provided. 

Please contact Chris Wlosinski for assistance with the Emergency Leave of Absence process at cwlosinski@ithaca.edu or 607-274-7731 

This application is for students who wish to leave the College and do not plan to return. First, a student must complete the Interest form via Workflow. Following, a student will be prompted via email to complete an application.

Students need to complete the application to officially withdraw from the College. This is not meant for students that want to withdraw from a course. There are three types of withdrawals: personal, medical, and administrative. The withdrawal application can be found via the workflow system app.ithaca.edu 

For additional information on the three types of withdrawals, please consult the college catalog.

If you are returning from a personal LOA, please note that IC expects your return to take place the semester following your leave unless stated otherwise. You will continue to receive emails preparing for your return, including information about housing and registering for classes. 

If you do not register for classes in anticipation for your return, you will be administratively withdrawn from IC after a week of classes.

If you have been administratively withdrawn and would like to return to IC, please visit the registrar's website to complete the Application for Readmission.

What do I need to do after I submit my application?

Nothing! After an application is complete, several offices will review and sign off on the application. Please note that this process may take several weeks to complete.

What's the difference between the interest form and the application?

​​​​​​​The interest form informs our team of the details of your request. It allows us to send the correct information and application back to you. Both the interest form and the application need to be complete in order for your request to be processed.

Will I be billed?

If a student requests a LOA or withdrawal prior to the add/drop deadline, they will not be billed for that semester. If you submitted your application prior to that deadline and are waiting for your application to be reviewed, IC will recognize the application date, not the date when sign offs are complete. 

For more information about finances, please contact Student Financial Services. 

Access the Interest Form

Please visit IC Workflow via apps.ithaca.edu to complete the interest form requesting a LOA or withdrawal. By submitting an interest form, you are starting the LOA or withdrawal process. After submitting an interest form, you will receive a formal application to complete.

Important Deadlines for Applications

Please refer to the academic calendar for important information regarding deadlines to apply.