Leave of Absence Policy

Leave of Absence Policy
Approval DateOctober 23, 2013
Effective DateSeptember 2, 2014

Organizational Scope

This policy applies only to students in good standing. Approved leaves of absence are not to extend beyond one year.


A student may request a leave of absence from their program of study due to prolonged illness, injury, or due to personal circumstances which make it temporarily impossible to continue in the program.


Approved leaves of absence are not to extend beyond one year. Except in extreme circumstances, students will not be granted more than one leave during their period of study of any one specific program. Where it is in the student’s best interest conditions for return may be established by the program (e.g. model route change requirements, health). Leave of Absence approvals are subject to the Withdrawal Policy timelines, tuition refund schedules and OSAP rules and regulations.


First year students who withdraw for ANY reason during the first semester of studies are required to reapply for admission through the Ontario College Application service (OCAS), and are not eligible for a leave of absence.


The timing of a Leave of Absence request may impact a student’s GPA and Academic Standing; students must refer to the Withdrawal Policy.

Associated Documentation

Revision History

Date Reviewer Change(s) Made Policy Location(s)
February 18, 2011 Bill Pittman Document revised
March 21, 2011 Academic Approval Council Approved
October 23, 2013 Academic Approval Council Clarified the connection to the Withdrawal Policy