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.
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.