Returning from a Leave of Absence Checklist
Students returning from a leave of absence should follow all of the steps below, in the order they are listed.
- Complete and submit Request to Return from a Leave of Absence (PDF)
- Develop a semester-by-semester academic plan (PDF) outlining how all remaining degree requirements will be satisfied
In order to allow adequate time for processing and academic planning, the AAP deadline to request a fall semester return is March 1, or October 1 for a spring semester return. Our staff will work with you on academic and logistical planning for your first semester back and processing your return.
Office of Student Services
235 Sibley Dome
Things to consider prior to submitting your request:
- What are some indicators from your time on leave that demonstrate your readiness to return to the rigors of academic life at Cornell?
- What do you think is a manageable number of credits for you to take during your first semester back at Cornell?
- What classes are you planning to take that play to your strengths?
- In what ways will your selected classes allow for balance in terms of the skills and amount of time required for each class?
- What do you consider to be your greatest strengths (academic and/or personal)?
- Have you made contact with your faculty advisor?
- What communities or interests shape your social life at Cornell (clubs, religious groups, resource centers, other)? What steps have you taken to reconnect with peers or create a new network?
2. If you are returning from a health leave of absence, contact Cornell Health and complete the steps outlined on their return process checklist.
- Notify Cornell Health of your intent to return
- Submit documentation of treatment
- Make arrangements for any on-going care that you may require
- Fall semester return: notify Cornell Health of intent to return by June 1, submit documentation of treatment by July 1
- Spring semester return: notify Cornell Health of intent to return by November 1, submit documentation of treatment by December 1
- Summer session return: notify Cornell Health of intent to return by April 1, submit documentation of treatment by May 1
Cornell Health (formerly known as Gannett Health Services)
110 Ho Plaza
Things to consider:
- What concerns do you have about returning from a health leave? What help do you need to address those concerns?
- What campus resources will you access to support your return and what type of support do you need? Examples: Cornell Health, Student Disability Services, AAP Academic Services, Cornell Minds Matter, other (please specify)
- What personal resources can you rely on for support once you return to campus? Examples: Family, private physician or therapist, friends, other (please specify)
- What will you need to make time to do this semester in order to maintain your health and well-being? Examples: Eating well, exercise, sleep, meditation, socializing, other (please specify)
- How (or when) will you build in time for these activities that support your well-being?
- What warning signs should you be aware of (and look for) that indicate that you may be having issues related to your health and well-being?
- What is the most helpful way for AAP staff to reach out to you if we are concerned about your well-being (email, phone, text, other)?
3. Once your return from leave has been processed, you can apply for on-campus housing. See the Living@Cornell for instructions and application information.
- Applications for spring semester housing are accepted October 1 to December 1
- Applications for fall semester/academic year housing are accepted beginning March 30
206 Robert Purcell Community Center
If you plan to live off-campus, we encourage you to contact the Off-campus Living Office (email@example.com, 541 Willard Straight Hall, (607) 255-2310) for information and services that will help you make an informed housing decision.
Things to consider:
- What housing situation will be the most beneficial for your first semester after a leave? (Consider the following: On or off campus; alone or with roommates; distance from campus; access to grocery stores and transportation.)
- Have you updated your local address and emergency contact information in Student Center?
4. Once AAP has processed your return from leave, the Office of Financial Aid can prepare an aid package for you, provided that you have submitted all of the necessary financial aid application materials.
Students returning from leave are considered current students, so you will need to submit your application by May 15. Detailed instructions are available through the Office of Financial Aid.
203 Day Hall
5. In order to be a registered student at Cornell University, you will need to settle all financial accounts, including current semester tuition, activity fee, housing, dining, CornellCard, and prior semester charges.
- Check your Cornell email regularly for notification that a bill has been posted to CashNet. You will be billed through CashNet and you can check CashNet for outstanding balances.
- Contact the Office of the Bursar if you have questions about charges or payments.
You will need to resolve any outstanding balances before AAP can approve your return from leave. Please note that enrollment in classes does not constitute or imply university registration.
Office of the Bursar
260 Day Hall
6. If you are an international student, you will need to contact International Services in the Office of Global Learning regarding your plans to return to full-time enrollment or extend your health leave. There are different immigration procedures depending on the type of leave you take.
Office of Global Learning - International Services
B50 Caldwell Hall
7. Consider registering with Student Disability Services (SDS) before you return to campus. If you took a leave of absence to address a physical or mental health condition, you may qualify for and benefit from ongoing support and accommodations.
A condition is considered a disability if it prevents or substantially limits the ability to perform a major life activity or significantly restricts the condition, manner, or duration in performing the major life activity compared to the average person. SDS can work with you to arrange academic, housing, transportation, or other accommodations when you return to Cornell.
Accommodations cannot be offered retroactively, so it is advantageous to register with SDS and make arrangements before the semester begins.
Student Disability Services (SDS)
Cornell Health, 110 Ho Plaza, Level 5
Cornell Minds Matter is a student organization that offers programs and events throughout the semester to promote mental health and well-being. The Cornell Minds Matter resource center offers healthy snacks and is staffed by trained student volunteers from 4–7 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Support for students returning from a leave is available on Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Willard Straight Hall music room.
Cornell Minds Matter
203 Willard Straight Hall