The following is from the Graduate Catalog:
If extenuating circumstances arise that make it necessary for students to interrupt their studies temporarily, a Request for a Leave of Absence (LOA) for a maximum of 2 years may be granted by the Graduate School upon review and recommendation by the student's home department or program. All Graduate Student Leave of Absence Requests, with supporting documentation, are reviewed and granted on a case by case basis. There are many situations for which a leave can be requested, such as the birth or adoption of a child, dependent care, a serious medical condition, military service, or other serious personal reasons. A Leave of Absence (LOA) will not be granted with the sole reason of financial hardship.
Graduate students are strongly encouraged to consult with their program, advisor, and Director of Graduate Studies of their academic unit in order to determine whether a Leave of Absence (LOA) is the most appropriate course of action, and international students must also consult with the Center for International Education in order to ensure compliance with Federal immigration policy. Prior to requesting a Leave of Absence (LOA), graduate students should always explore alternatives which would allow them to remain registered and make progress toward the degree, even if at a slower pace.
Students who are granted a Leave of Absence (LOA) by the Graduate School in accordance with this policy are eligible for Reinstatement provided they enroll no later than the term immediately following the expiration of the approved Leave of Absence, excluding summer (see policy on "Reinstatement" for more details). The term(s) and/or year(s) of an approved Leave of Absence (LOA) will not be counted toward time to degree, and milestone deadlines such as Admission to Candidacy will be adjusted accordingly. Having a Leave of Absence (LOA) granted does, however, not imply a guaranteed continuation of funding options upon return.
Graduate students who are on a Leave of Absence (LOA) suspend their active study for one term or more (up to 2 years), and while on a Leave of Absence (LOA) they are not able to make any formal progress toward their degree. In addition, they may not use faculty services and/or university facilities for the period of time that they are on a Leave of Absence (LOA).
Students are expected to return from a Leave of Absence (LOA). If they do not return to active student status by the end of the period of time stipulated in the approved Leave of Absence (LOA), they will be considered non-enrolled once their LOA has expired and lose their eligibility for Reinstatement. Graduate Students who have lost their eligibility for Reinstatement need to seek Readmission prior to being able to continue work in their graduate degree program (see policies on "Consequences of Non-Enrollment without Leave of Absence" and on "Readmission").
In order to return to an active student status, graduate students on an approved Leave of Absence (LOA) need to establish Reinstatement into their graduate degree program by the end of the leave period stipulated on their approved Leave of Absence (LOA). Students on an approved Leave of Absence (LOA) need to complete and submit their Request for Reinstatements to the Graduate School no later than on the last day of classes of the semester prior to the semester for which they seek to be reinstated. (also see the graduate policy on "Reinstatement").
If a student would like to return to active study earlier than originally anticipated and approved on his or her Leave of Absence (LOA) Request, the student will need to contact the director of graduate studies of his or her academic unit and discuss available options.
The following is from the Graduate Catalog:
Doctoral students who have started taking course 600 and wish to do an internship/practicum that is relevant to their degree can petition to be exempted from the Continuous Enrollment requirement for a maximum of up to three semesters or 12 months. The request should describe the nature of the internship/practicum and must include justification.
Approval must be granted first by the student's advisor, then the Department or Unit, followed by the Graduate School. Multiple terms may be separate in time or back-to-back. Students whose petition is approved need not sign up for any course work while doing the internship/practicum except international students must always check with the Center for International Education (CIE) to ensure that they remain compliant with their specific type of visa. The time limit to degree is not extended as a result of an internship/practicum.