If you plan to return to Swarthmore following a leave of absence, then you must also notify Dean Liz Derickson well 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.
Send Dean Derickson a timely email with the following content:
By December 1 for a Spring semester return (or November 15 if advised so by a dean) or July 1 for a Fall semester return:
- your intent to return and proposed semester of return (e.g. "I wish to return to Swarthmore for Spring 2015.")
- brief description of what you have done while away
- for juniors and seniors: your plan for fulfilling your remaining academic requirements at Swarthmore, including completing your major and fulfilling graduation requirements
After reviewing your intent-to-return email message, Dean Derickson will advise you on other necessary steps related to your return. If you were advised upon leaving Swarthmore that there were other requirements related to your return, then please also address those in your email message to Dean Derickson. Please understand that you are not permitted to return until Dean Derickson has told you that you are permitted to return.
Students who have not satisfied their financial obligations will not be permitted to return to campus, to attend any classes, to live in campus housing, nor have a meal plan. If you have questions about student accounts, please contact Linda Weindel (Student Accounts Office Manager).
If applicable, you should contact the Financial Aid Office directly.
If you plan to seek college housing upon your return, then you should contact the Office of Student Engagement (Residential Life & Student Activities) directly.
International students should be sure to consult with Jennifer Marks-Gold (Advisor for International Students and Scholars).
If you are studying abroad through the Swarthmore Off-Campus Study Office, please know that is not considered a "leave of absence." You do not need to email Dean Derickson notice of your return.
For more details, please see the Student Handbook, and the College Catalog sections on expenses & faculty regulations 8.5.