Request for a Voluntary Medical Leave

Yes

USD students may apply for a Voluntary Leave of Absence (a separation of the student from the university) for Medical Reasons (MLOA). MLOAs are coordinated through the units at the Wellness Area (Center for Health and Wellness Promotion, Counseling Center, and Student Health Center). MLOAs are recommended when a student’s medical or psychological condition is judged to significantly impair his or her ability to function successfully or safely as a student. If a student has completed enough course work to qualify for "incompletes" that option will be explored with proper advising, but once a medical leave is approved incompletes are not an option.  It is expected that the time a student takes away from the university on medical leave will be used for treatment and recovery. It should be understood that most students require a minimum of one full semester away from USD, and participation in appropriate treatment to recover their health sufficiently to be able to obtain the requisite medical clearance to pursue re-enrollment.

Obtaining a MLOA

In order to obtain a MLOA you must obtain a recommendation from a Wellness Unit professional.  Before a Wellness Unit professional makes this recommendation, you will need to complete a Request for MLOA.  

Law Students need to contact the Office of Law Student Affairs for their Leave of Absence options:

lawstudentaffairs@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4651

Returning to USD after a MLOA

In order to return from a MLOA, you must obtain a recommendation from a Wellness Unit professional.  Before a Wellness Unit professional makes this recommendation, you will need to complete a Medical Leave of Absence Reinstatement Form as well as a Community Provider Report Form and return to the Wellness Unit you submitted your MLOA request to. The Wellness Unit will communicate with the dean’s office, and the dean’s office will then determine if a reinstatement can be approved.

Additional Resources

Student Checklist for Returning from a MLOA

Contact Information

Student Wellness
Serra Hall 300
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-4655
Fax: (619) 260-4699
wellness@sandiego.edu