Taking Time Off
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 advised so 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.
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 advised so by a dean), July 1 for a Fall semester return.
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.