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Request for a Voluntary Medical Leave

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. It is expected that the time a student takes away from the university 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 and the specific Medical Leave of Absence form from your academic unit (click here if you are an undergraduate student).  These completed forms should be returned to your dean’s office. Your dean’s office will then determine if a MLOA can be approved.

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 it to the dean's office.  Your dean’s office will then determine if a reinstatement can be approved.

Additional Resources

Student Checklist for Returning from a MLOA