Catalog 2016-2017

Medical Leave

Medical Leave

Students experiencing health problems may request a medical leave from the College. A request for medical leave must be accompanied by a statement from an appropriate professional indicating a leave is recommended. Hendrix reserves the right to have the student examined by a physician selected by Hendrix. Students should note that preparation of this statement will require their formal consent to the release of relevant information from appropriate professionals to the College and from the College to those professionals. In addition to this documentation, a student who wishes to be placed on medical leave should obtain a Medical Leave form available in the Office of Advising and Academic Success. The student should then schedule an exit interview with the Dean of Students, the Director of Integrated Advising, the Director of Academic Success or the Director of Student Outreach. Following the interview, the student should complete the form, secure the signatures and submit the completed form to the Office of the Registrar. This Medical Leave completion process can be assisted by appropriate college personnel when conditions deem such assistance is in the student’s best interest.

Applications for medical leave will be considered by a committee convened by the Provost. A student granted a medical leave is required to leave campus and is not permitted on-campus during their leave for any reason other than official Hendrix business. If the last day to drop a course with no mark has passed, grades of W will be entered for all currently enrolled classes, even if the final deadline to withdraw from classes has passed. The security deposit will be applied to the student’s account or refunded if medical leave is approved.

Students taking a medical leave after the last day to drop a class with a W in a given semester are not eligible to return to Hendrix in the fall or spring semester immediately following the semester for which the medical leave of absence is granted. Eligibility to return before this time-frame must be appealed and approved by a committee appointed by the Provost. After two semesters away from campus, the student will be withdrawn from the college and will be required to reapply through the Office of Admissions. A student who wishes to return to campus following a medical leave must furnish a professional’s statement that he or she has received appropriate medical attention and is, in the professional’s expert opinion, ready to resume studies at the College. These materials must be received by the College by July 1 for the fall semester or December 1 for the spring semester. Re-enrollment approval may require adherence to certain conditions and commitment to meetings with appropriate college professionals upon return to campus.

Under certain circumstances, the College may require a student to take a medical leave. Such action is warranted if, in the judgment of the Provost and the Dean of Students, the student poses a threat to the lives of others or has behavior that seriously interferes with his or her ability to function and/or with the educational pursuits of others.

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