Leave of Absence

Parental Leave A graduate student who is bearing a child or who has primary responsibility for the care of an infant or young child is eligible for parental leave. Parental leave is normally limited to 12 months per childbirth or adoption (including multiples).
See also Graduate Student Parental Accommodation Policy.
Where possible, a student enrolled in coursework should coordinate his or her leave of absence to coincide with the first day of September, January, or May.

Leave for Health Reasons A graduate student who encounters a health problem that significantly interferes with the ability to pursue his or her course of study is eligible for a leave for health reasons.
Requests for a leave for health reasons must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation from the clinician providing primary care for the health problem.
A leave for health reasons is normally limited to 12 months.
Prior to being allowed to return to his or her studies, a student returning to study after a leave for health reasons may be required to produce specific documentation from his or her clinician confirming that he or she has recovered sufficiently to return from leave and resume his or her course of study.

Professional Leave
A graduate student who wishes to suspend his or her course of study in order to undertake professional work relevant to his or her program may be eligible for professional leave.
Professional leave is normally limited to 12 months.

Personal Leave A graduate student who encounters personal circumstances that significantly interfere with the ability to pursue his or her course of study may be eligible for personal leave.
Personal leave is normally limited to 12 months.

Leave to Pursue a Second Program of Study Following consultation with his or her program advisor and graduate supervisor, a graduate student may apply for a leave of absence from one program to pursue a second course of study.
While on a leave of absence to pursue a second course of study, the graduate student is responsible for the on-leave fees as well as any tuition or other fees associated with the second program.
Leave to pursue a second course of study may exceed 12 months.

The total duration of all leaves of absence granted in a graduate program is normally limited to 24 months for a doctoral student and to 12 months for a master’s student, except leave to pursue a second program of study.

The leave period is not included in the time period for completion of the degree. Leave, not including parental leave or leave to pursue concurrent programs, for master’s or doctoral students, is limited to one year. A leave will begin normally on the first day of term, for a period of four, eight or 12 months. For a leave of absence for medical reasons, the request should include a medical note. Send your request to your supervisor and the Graduate Advisor, stating the reasons for a leave, how many months (four, eight or one year) and the start date. Your need to ask your supervisor to send his/her support for your request, outlining your progress in the program to the Graduate Advisor. Fill a Request for leave of absence form, collect signatures and give the form to the Grad Secretary who will send it to G+PS for approval.