Taking Time Off

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Sometimes students take a leave of absence from Swarthmore. Time off can be a valuable and productive experience. Students who take a leave of absence may engage in a wide range of activities during their time away. Those activities frequently include tending to health concerns, volunteering at an organization, working in a paid job, taking classes at another college or university (see Swarthmore "Transfer Credit" Policy), tending to personal or family concerns, resting, or reflecting.

If you are contemplating taking a leave of absence, then you should talk with your class dean.

If you will take a leave of absence or withdraw, then you also must notify Asst. Dean for Academic Affairs Liz Derickson. Deadlines: December 1 for a Spring semester return (or November 15 if advised so by a dean), July 1 for a Fall semester return.

You must also notify Dean Derickson in advance of your return to Swarthmore. Deadlines: December 1 for a Spring semester return (or November 15 if advised so by a dean), July 1 for a Fall semester return.

For more details, please see the below procedures, the Student Handbook, and the College Catalog sections on expenses & faculty regulations 8.5.

Questions? Concerns? Please reach out to your class dean or Dean Derickson - by emailing, calling 610-328-8475 or by stopping by her Parrish West 109 office.