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Leave of Absence

What is an Emergency Leave of Absence for Medical Reasons?

An Emergency Medical Leave of Absence from classes may be granted when a psychological or family emergency, illness or injury requires a student to be absent from class for a defined period of time. Emergency Medical Leaves of Absence are issued only after a student has been evaluated in the Student Health Center and after the student has given authorization to do so. Following authorization from the student, the Emergency Medical Leave of Absence will then be emailed directly to the faculty member by the Student Health Center Medical Director

If the student was evaluated outside the Student Health Center, an Emergency Medical Leave of Absence can still be requested from the Student Health Center by providing medical documentation from the student’s health care provider. Important information needed would include (1) a brief description of the condition and (2) the expected dates of the absence. This documentation must be faxed to the Student Health Center at (360) 650-3883 or (360) 650-4580. Documentation can also be emailed to Student.Health@wwu.edu

While a leave of absence generally makes it possible for the student to make up work missed, in some instances the amount of time lost makes course completion impractical. In those cases, withdrawal or incomplete grades may be appropriate. A student absent from any exam or class activity through sickness or other cause judged by the instructor to be unavoidable shall be given an opportunity to take a rescheduled exam or make up the class assignment in a timely manner agreed upon by the instructor. Examples of unavoidable cause may include participation in university-sponsored activities such as debating contests, musical or theatrical performances, or intercollegiate athletic competition. The student should consult with course instructors and/or the Dean of Students office.

NOTE: Non-medical Leaves of Absence are available through the Dean of Students office (Viking Union 506).