Office of Student Returns

Leave of Absence Categories

 

Voluntary Leave

Medical Leave A Medical Leave of Absence (MLOA) should be considered if a pause in academic coursework may be helpful due to physical or mental 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. To initiate a Medical Leave, contact your Academic Dean. You can find your academic dean's contact information by clicking either of the following links: Trinity Academic Deans and Pratt Academic Deans. The deadline for a medical leave of absence from a semester that is in progress is 5 p.m. on the last day of classes (LDOC) in that semester. 
Personal Leave A personal leave of absence allows you to place your studies on hold for one or more semesters. Typical reasons for a personal leave might include a desire to travel, participate in a non-academic program, campaign, complete a paid or unpaid internship, attend to a family crisis, or gain a sense of direction. To initiate a Personal Leave, contact your Academic Dean. You can find your academic dean's contact information by clicking either of the following links: Trinity Academic Deans and Pratt Academic Deans. The deadline for a Personal Leave of Absence is prior to the first day of classes of the semester when you want your personal leave to begin. 
Voluntary Withdrawal Students may choose to voluntarily withdraw from Duke permanently due to a variety of reasons ranging from wanting to live closer to family, deciding that they wish to attend another institution permanently, or other reasons. To initiate a Voluntary Withdrawal, contact your Academic Dean. You can find your academic dean's contact information by clicking either of the following links: Trinity Academic Deans and Pratt Academic Deans. The deadline for a Voluntary Withdrawal is prior to the first day of classes of the semester when you want your personal leave to begin. 

Involuntary Leave

Academic Dismissal Students may be academically dismissed due to reasons relating to academic performance. Please see the following Trinity Requirements detailing stipulations by which students are academically dismissed from Trinity College. Please see the following Pratt Requirements detailing stipulations by which students are academically dismissed from the Pratt School of Engineering. 
Administrative Financial Withdrawal In rare instances, following every effort made to find a solution, students can be administratively withdrawn from the university for failure to pay tuition and fees. If you any questions about Administrative Withdrawal due to non-financial reasons, please contact the Office of Student Returns directly with any questions. 
Administrative  Withdrawal (Non-financial) 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 from 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. If you any questions about Administrative Withdrawal due to non-financial reasons, please contact the Office of Student Returns directly with any questions.
Disciplinary Dismissal/Suspension See the following Trinity Policies on Withdrawal due to Disciplinary Suspension. See the following Pratt Policies on Plagiarism, Cheating, and Dishonesty, and, for other discinplary-related dismissal/suspension issues related to Pratt, contact your Pratt Academic Dean. When completing your return application, the Office of Student Conduct must provide a statement confirming completion of the sanction(s).