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Medical Leave of Absence Policy

A student may apply to the Office of Student Life for a medical leave of absence from the University for one full semester. Student must complete a medical leave request form, attach a letter explaining their request and provide supporting documentation form a  physician or psychologist who is treating them.  When students are approved for a medical leave they receive grades of W, withdrawn, for enrolled classes.  Applications are due no later than December 1 for the fall semester and May 1 for the spring semester.   Associate Dean Allison Chase Padula is available to meet/discuss with students the details for the leave.  Students on financial aid should contact the Financial Aid Office to understand implications of the leave.  Students are also encouraged to look into any possible implications for health insurance.  Associate Dean Padula can be reached in the Office of Student Life at (401) 254-3042.

Medical leaves are granted for medical issues that occur during the course of the semester.  Students requesting a leave before the semester begins should not apply for a medical leave; they should apply for a Leave of Absence through their Academic Dean.  Medical leaves are granted for one full semester. Students are only eligible for one Medical Leave of Absence during their academic tenure at RWU.


Readmission from a Medical Leave of Absence:

A student requesting to return from a medical leave of absence must complete the following steps to be considered for readmission: 1) complete the request form and attach a letter detailing why they feel they should be readmitted and 2) provide documentation from their treating physician or psychologist recommending their readmission. All documentation must be sent to the Student Life Office at the address provided below.  It is strongly advised that the doctor recommending the student’s return from the leave of absence be the same doctor who had been actively treating the student during the time of their leave. Documentation from the treating physician or psychologist must be signed and on letterhead. RWU reserves the right to request a specific doctor’s opinion before considering a student’s request for readmission. The request will then be reviewed and the student will be notified of the decision in writing. The University reserves the right to place restrictions on a student’s readmission. 

Students requesting readmission from medical leave will not be eligible to register for classes until they are approved for readmission. After readmission is approved, students will be contacted by Angela Raymond of the Registrar's Office to make arrangements to register for courses.  Students will be contacted  withing 5 business days of their readmission by Ms. Raymond.  Students who would like to live on-campus upon their return from medical leave must request housing by emailing the Department of Housing directly at  They are encouraged to do so as early as possible, as housing is not guaranteed.  Students do not need to wait for approval of their readmission to request housing. However, housing will not be assigned until a student is granted readmission and enrolls as a full-time student. Students in need of financial aid must contact the Financial Aid Office directly.