Policy:  Leave of Absence
Responsible Unit: Student Affairs
Category: General Office of Origin:  Registration and Records Policy Contact by Title: Dean of Student Affairs
  Effective Date:  3.19.21 Revised Date(s): 01.11.2016, 3.19.2021
Compliance:  Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (“Section 504”)
Scope:  Students
Approving Body (ies) and Date(s): TCC President 3/19/21
Policy Statement 
Leave of absence (LOA) is defined as an absence from the College for a period not exceeding one year from the beginning of the last semester in which the student was enrolled.

(Notes: For leaves not exceeding one semester, either fall or spring, please see the Non-Continuous Enrollment policy. Leaves of Absence associated with active duty in the US Armed Forces are addressed by a separate policy, below—Military Leave of Absence.)

Compassionate Leave: A student who has experienced a *catastrophic event that significantly impairs completion of a course of study will qualify for a Compassionate LOA. (*A catastrophic event may be defined as a one-time extenuating occurrence such as a serious illness or injury that requires medical care, or the death of an immediate family member.)

Medical Leave: A student who must interrupt enrollment temporarily because of physical or psychological illness may request a Medical Leave of Absence from the Dean of Student Affairs. The medical or mental health professional who has been providing treatment to the student will, with the student’s written consent, confirm in writing that a Medical Leave is warranted due to the student’s health problem. 

Military Leave: Any student who is a member of the Armed Forces of the United States and is called to active duty will be granted a Military Leave of Absence for the period of active duty and one year thereafter.

NOTE: Students must meet the Leave of Absence criteria and follow the Procedure for Obtaining a Leave of Absence. Supporting medical documentation must be dated within 30 days of the request for a Medical Leave of Absence.

Considerations for Granting Leave of Absence
Outcomes of Leave of Absence Application Process
Steps for Obtaining a Leave of Absence

Related Documents 
Failure to Return from Leave of Absence
Readmission for Service Members - Military Leave of Absence
Withdrawal, Drop, Refund Policy