Withdrawal, Leave of Absence, Parental Accommodation

LGS Handbook

Our Handbook is the authoritative statement of policies and requirements.

LGS Handbook


  • Consult the LGS Handbook, Academic Affairs, section 1.3.3.
  • If you withdraw from all your courses, you must complete a Request for a Leave of Absence.
  • If you withdraw during the semester, you must obtain the signatures of all instructors.

Leave of Absence

The official Request for a Leave of Absence does not ask you about the reason you are requesting a leave. We encourage you to discuss those reasons as well as your plan for returning with your advisor and/or Director of Graduate Studies. You and your program may wish to create a written record of those discussions, to be kept by your program.

  • Consult the LGS Handbook, Academic Affairs, section 1.3.3.
  • You are limited to two one-year leaves of absence.
  • Obtaining a leave of absence will affect your health insurance coverage as well as stipend payments (if applicable). The rules are a little complex and how you will be affected depends on when your leave takes effect. Ask your program administrator and graduate school staff and be sure you know exactly how these important areas will be affected.
  • To return from a leave of absence, you will need to apply for readmission. The form is posted to the right.
  • You can return only at the start of a semester.

Parental Accommodation

A graduate student caregiver designated as having substantial parental responsibility may be relieved of full-time graduate duties and responsibilities for up to 8 weeks after the birth or adoption of a child.

  • Consult the LGS Handbook, Academic Affairs, section 1.3.4.
  • Any matriculated doctoral student in good academic standing is eligible.
  • Eligible students who are receiving stipend support would continue to receive this support throughout the accommodation period.
  • PhD students benefitting from accommodation will remain as full-time students.
  • Accommodation is not a leave of absence.