15. Leave of Absence

  • A leave of absence is a period of time during which a student is not required to register, no fees are assessed, and the time granted is not counted in the maximum time period permitted for the completion of a graduate degree. 
  • In the event that circumstances beyond the control of the student prevent a student from pursuing her/his program, the student may apply for a leave of absence. The request for a leave is made to the Director of Graduate Studies of the student's GAU after consultation with the supervisor(s). The Director will forward it, along with the GAU's recommendation, to the Dean of Graduate Studies, who will decide if the leave is to be granted.
  • A student may normally apply for only one leave of absence during a degree program. Normally a leave of absence will not exceed 12 months. 
  • A leave of absence is granted only by the School of Graduate Studies.