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: November 15 for a Spring semester leave of absence (or December 1 if told so in-writing by a dean), July 1 for a Fall semester leave of absence. If you are considering a leave of absence after these deadlines, please reach out to Dean Derickson or another dean right away for advice. See below for more important details.

You must also notify Dean Derickson in advance of your return to Swarthmore. Deadlines: November 15 for a Spring semester return (or December 1 if told so in-writing by a dean), July 1 for a Fall semester return. See below for more important details.

During your time away, be sure to keep reading and (as-needed) responding to your Swarthmore email account. Swarthmore email is our official way of communicating with you.

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.