Return from Disciplinary Dismissal

Last updated: February 24, 2020

A student who was dismissed from Duke for disciplinary reasons complete all required disciplinary sanction(s) in order to be eligible to submit an application of readmission. 


If a student is uncertain of their disciplinary status, he or she should contact the Office of Student Conduct to determine their eligibility to return to Duke. If a student has completed all disciplinary sanctions, the Office of Student Conduct, will forward a notification of eligibility to the Office of Student Returns.

Personal Leave of Absence

Last updated: August 26, 2019

Requesting a Personal Leave of Absence

A personal leave of absence must be approved in writing by your academic dean. If you are considering a personal leave of absence, you should arrange a meeting with your academic dean to discuss your reasons and to determine whether the request is valid and in your best interest. A personal leave of absence is usually granted for only one semester.

In order to be eligible for a personal leave you must:

Return from Medical Leave of Absence

Last updated: February 24, 2020

Medical Leave of Absence

A Medical Leave of Absence (MLOA) should be considered if a pause in academic coursework may be helpful due to health- related matters. A medical leave of absence is an opportunity to receive appropriate treatment and engage in self-reflection. Duke University hopes that all students will receive effective treatment and apply to return when ready. 

Administrative Withdrawal: Non-Financial

Last updated: February 24, 2020

Some reasons for an Involuntary Administrative Withdrawal include instances in which students do not return to campus at the start of the semester and provide no reason for their absence; when students are separated from Duke for extended periods of time (e.g., longer than 2 years) and do not respond to outreach or contact the Office of Student Returns to indicate a desire to return, they may be involuntarily withdrawn from Duke in order to interupt unwanted, ongoing communication from the institution.