Checklist: Return from Leave of Absence
Deadlines for Submission of the Return from Leave Form
The Return from Leave form must be received by the College Office by:
- July 15 for enrollment in the fall semester
- November 15 for the spring semester
- April 15 for the summer
- or two weeks before the beginning of the relevant Advance Registration period, if wishing to advance register.
Timely submission of requests and documentation is a condition of any return and any submission received after the relevant deadline may be denied. REMEMBER: Penn InTouch will not let a student register until he or she has been approved to return by the College Office.
General Steps for Return Once Approved
To ensure a smooth return to campus, students should contact the appropriate offices below and comply with any deadlines and procedures:
- Penn InTouch to update contact information
- Student Registration and Financial Services to review the Return to Penn checklist and understand any financial obligations when returning to Penn.
- Housing and Conference Services if planning to live in University housing.
- Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs to complete an occupancy agreement if planning to live in a fraternity or sorority house.
- Dining Services to arrange for a meal contract if desired.
- International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) to update visa status prior to returning to Penn.
- Student Health to consult with an Insurance Administrator about coverage, policies and procedures upon return. Any private insurance carrier should also be notified of re-enrollment.
- PennCard Office will reactivate their PennCard as soon as a student registers, provided the card has not expired. If the card has expired, the student should go directly to the PennCard Center. Additional questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- To prepare to register for the upcoming semester, returning students should check the appropriate dates on the academic calendar and use available resources to select courses. Students who discover that they are on hold during registration should contact the College Office.
Resolving Incompletes before Returning
Students with Incompletes will be required to resolve them and receive final grades for the courses in question before August 1 for a fall return, December 1 for a spring return and May 1 for a summer return.
Student Conduct Issues
If applicable, students will need to clear any pending issues with the Office of Student Conduct before August 1 for a fall return, December 1 for a spring return and May 1 for a summer return.
Students whose leave request indicated medical circumstances as at least part of the reason for that request will be required to present a treating clinician’s current evaluation of the medical condition to the relevant health office (Counseling and Psychological Services and/or Student Health Service). The College, in consultation with these offices, will determine whether the results of the evaluation suffice to satisfy the conditions set forth in the original message granting approval for the leave.
Students on Financial Hold
Students who have been placed on financial hold by Student Financial Services office must resolve these issues and have the hold cleared before August 1 for a fall return, December 1 for a spring return and May 1 for a summer return.