University offers students leave of absence for fall semester
Observer Staff Report | Monday, July 27, 2020
This report was updated July 28 at 3:35 p.m.
The College of Arts and Letters Office for Undergraduate Studies first announced in a Monday email a new policy for the fall semester — COVID-Related Leave Of Absence (CRLOA) — that would allow students in the college to request a delay in their studies for a semester. Other colleges have since followed up with similar announcements, as the policy is University wide.
“Some students have inquired about options for a “gap semester” in fall 2020 due to concerns and uncertainties resulting from the current COVID pandemic,” the email said.
The policy, approved by the University on July 22, allows students to delay returning to campus until spring 2021. Students who choose to take a CRLOA will be guaranteed reentry into the University but must make certain arrangements for spring registration.
“Due to course sequencing within certain majors, we recommend that you discuss the implications of taking a CRLOA with your departmental advisors and AL advising dean,” the email said.
The email said transfer credit from other institutions for the semester period would be accepted if the courses are necessary to maintain “academic continuity,” such as language proficiency, mathematics or another course in a sequential discipline.
According to the email, on-campus housing will not be guaranteed to students who undergo a leave of absence.
Students wanting to explore the CRLOA option should contact their advising dean.