Medical Leave of Absence
A medical leave of absence may be granted to a student at any time during their enrollment in order to seek treatment for a documented physical or mental health condition.
A student desiring a medical leave of absence must provide a written request to the Vice President for Student Success/Dean of Students. The request must be accompanied by a letter from a physician or appropriate licensed health care professional describing the nature of the illness for which the leave is requested, and the estimated length of time for recovery.
The Vice President for Student Success/Dean of Students will notify the student in writing of the final decision, including starting date for the leave and a date when the leave will be reconsidered. The Vice President for Student Success/Dean of Students will also notify the Provost’s Office, the Registrar’s Office, the Financial Aid Office, and the Office of Business Services.
A student who is granted a leave of absence will be withdrawn from all courses by the Registrar, and their permanent record will be marked with a “W.” The University’s refund policy, which applies to all students who withdraw from BVU, will apply to medical leaves as well. Students granted a medical leave must meet with the Director of Financial Assistance to discuss the impact of a medical leave on a student’s financial aid.
In order to return from a medical leave of absence and resume studies at BVU, the student must submit a written request to the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students accompanied by a letter from the physician or appropriate licensed health care professional stating that the student has aptly recovered from the illness/condition that led to the student’s departure. This letter must also indicate that the student is now ready to resume his/her studies.
The decision to readmit a student following a medical leave will be made in consultation with the Associate Dean of the Faculty. The Vice President for Student Success/Dean of Students will notify the student in writing of the decision. The appropriate departments will be notified of the decision.