New England College of Optometry 2014-2015 Catalog
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Academic Policies

Leave of Absence and Readmission

A student, who is in good academic standing and has a cumulative GPA of 2.000 or above in a first professional program or a cumulative GPA of 3.000 or above in a graduate program, may request a leave of absence from the College.  This request must be in writing and must be submitted to the Vice President/Dean of Academic Affairs at least 30 days in advance of the anticipated leave date.  This requirement of an advanced notice will be waived only under extraordinary circumstances.

If the student is in his/her final year of a first professional program and/or in a graduate program, The Vice President/Dean of Academic Affairs will notify the Clinical Education Office and/or the Office of Graduate Studies upon receipt of the request. 

The Vice President/Dean of Academic Affairs will inform the student in writing of the decision and any terms and date of reentry relative to returning to the College as well as also notifying the appropriate offices.

Please note the following:

  • The decision to grant the leave will be a function of consultation between the Vice President/Dean of Academic Affairs, the Director of Clinical Education if student is in his/her final year, the Director of Graduate Studies if student is in a graduate program,  the Chair of the Student Affairs Committee, and any other appropriate individuals.
  • A leave of absence may not be granted before all tuition and fees are paid in full and the student has met with the Financial Aid Office to discuss the effect of the leave upon financial aid arrangements.
  • A leave of absence is usually not extended beyond one year. Ordinarily, a student is granted only one leave of absence.
  • A student who returns to the College after a leave of absence may be required to take additional course work due to curriculum changes.  A student taking a leave of absence does so with the understanding that course sequencing may change during the leave of absence. A student may be required to pass a clinical proficiency examination prior to assignment to clinical patient care.