Taking Time Off
Sometimes students take a leave of absence from Swarthmore. Time away 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.
WITH WHOM SHOULD I TALK?
- CLASS DEAN: If you are contemplating taking a leave of absence, then you should talk with your class dean.
- ADVISOR: Juniors and seniors are encouraged to talk with their academic advisors about potential time away.
- REGISTRAR ("December Finisher"): If you are contemplating completing your degree requirements in a Fall semester and graduating the following May/June, then you should talk with the Registrar.
- FINANCIAL AID: If you receive financial aid, then you should consult with the Financial Aid Office staff so that you understand the aid implications of taking time away.
- INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: If you are an international student, then you should consult with the Adviser to International Students and Scholars, Jennifer Marks-Gold.
- DEAN DERICKSON with Leave decision: If you will take a leave of absence, "December Finish," or withdraw, then you must notify Asst. Dean for Academic Affairs Liz Derickson. Deadlines: November 15 for a Spring semester leave of absence, 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.
- DEAN DERICKSON with Return request: You must also notify Dean Derickson in advance of your return to Swarthmore. Deadlines: November 15 for a Spring semester return, July 1 for a Fall semester return. See below for more important details.
COMMUNICATION IS KEY
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.