Leave of Absence
Students who wish to withdraw from the University during an academic term for medical reasons, i.e. physical or mental health conditions that necessitate their absence, may request a medical leave of absence.  

The student must provide supporting documentation of the medical condition from his or her treating physician to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs or designee, who will review the documentation with the appropriate University staff and with the University's consulting medical professional, if warranted.  A medical leave of absence may be granted for one or two semesters although, under special circumstances, the University may agree to extend the leave beyond two semesters.  Upon conclusion of the medical leave, the student must provide supporting documentation from his or her treating physician to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs or designee that confirms the student is fit to return.  This documentation will be shared with the appropriate University staff and to the University's consulting medical professional, if warranted.  The student will be advised of the outcome of this review and whether he or she is cleared to return, with or without a reasonable accommodation.

Involuntary Medical Leaves of Absence
The University may place a student on an involuntary medical leave of absence in situations where the University believes the student poses a direct threat to the health and safety of the Quinnipiac community or has seriously disrupted others in the residential community or academic environment and a reasonable accommodation is not available.  The director of counseling services will make this decision, and the director or the director's designee will promptly notify the student's parents, legal guardians or emergency contact accordingly.  The director will also make arrangements to remove the student immediately from the University.  

Once the leave begins, the student must undergo an evaluation with one of the University's consulting medical professionals, which will be arranged and paid for by the University. The student must release all relevant medical information from his or her treating physician to the University's consulting medical professional prior to the evaluation.  The results of the evaluation will be reviewed by the director of counseling services and the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs or designee, and a decision will be made whether the student may return to the University immediately, with or without a reasonable accommodation, or whether the leave will be extended.

In the event the leave is extended, the student must undergo a second medical evaluation shortly before the expiration of the extended leave with the University's consulting medical professional, at the student's expense, before returning to the University. The student must release all relevant medical information from his or her treating physician to the University's consulting medical professional prior to the evaluation.  Additionally, before returning to the University the student will be required to demonstrate that the circumstances that led to the placement on leave of absence have been satisfactorily addressed.  The director of counseling and the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs or designee will review the results of the second evaluation and make a decision whether the circumstances that led to the student being placed on the leave of absence have been satisfactorily addressed so he or she may return to the University, with or without a reasonable accommodation.  

A student who has been placed on involuntary medical leave of absence is subject to the same policies as a student granted a voluntary leave of absence regarding financial aid and financial obligations as stated in the University's Refund policy. 

Appeals
Students may appeal the decision to return following an involuntary medical leave of absence in writing to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs.  All information submitted, including the results of the evaluations, become part of the student's health record and will be considered confidential.

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