Students may petition to take an official leave of absence for the following reasons: medical/health difficulties, pregnancy and/or parenting needs, emergencies in the immediate family, required military duties, filing fee quarter (for final quarter before graduating). Students should consult with their faculty advisor before beginning the process to petition for a leave of absence.
A leave of absence guarantees the student a position in the department upon return. Students on approved leave retain some student privileges (a fee may be required) but may not be employed as teaching assistants or graduate student researchers. Please review Leave of Absence requirements on-line.
Students may apply for an In Absentia status if they will be conducting research outside of California for the duration of a quarter while concurrently enrolled in coursework. Please review In Absentia requirements on-line.
Students who are neither enrolled nor on approved leave for a particular quarter are considered to have lapsed their status as a graduate student. Students who have lapsed status relinquish virtually all student privileges. Once you have registered for classes or paid part or all of fees for an upcoming quarter, you must officially withdraw or cancel your registration; contact the Office of the Registrar as soon as possible to guarantee the maximum possible refund of fees and to avoid receiving failing grades.