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Leave of Absence/Continuous Enrollment

Continuous enrollment requires that every graduate student be enrolled in a course every spring and fall semester from the time of acceptance by the School of Graduate Studies, Research, and Innovation until completion of all requirements for the graduate degree. Students who are not enrolled in a course during the semester in which they are completing work for a thesis, dissertation, practicum, internship, or laboratory research must register and pay for IDS 900 (1 credit): Course Continuation. This course must be taken each spring and fall term until the work is completed.

 Students who need to take time off from their studies, with the intention of returning, must submit a Leave of Absence Form to the Registrar’s Office and are strongly encouraged to meet with their faculty advisor to discuss plans for degree completion. The leave of absence will be effective upon receipt of the form, or as indicated by the student if completing the semester, whichever is later. Leave of absence requests are not retroactive and will not be accepted after the last day of the semester.  A Leave of Absence fee of $150.00 per semester will be charged to any student who is on a leave of absence and has not been charged tuition and fees for the semester.

Graduate students who have completed all courses must remain continuing students until all degree requirements have been met.  Failure to register for an academic course, IDS 900 or Leave of Absence, will result in automatic withdrawal from the program. In extenuating circumstances, a student may petition for a waiver of the Leave of Absence Fee using the Graduate Leave of Absence Fee Waiver form.

 Please refer to the Graduate Catalog for the complete and official policies on continuous enrollment and leave of absence.