Academic Advising: Undergraduate
Undergraduate Students Taking a Voluntary Leave of Absence (LOA)
An undergraduate student who voluntarily leaves SAIC, either during the semester or between semesters, but does not return for the next major academic semester, may request to be placed on Leave of Absence. This will allow the student to return to SAIC without appealing to the Academic Review Board or reapplying for admission. To take a Leave of Absence, the student needs to meet, in person or on the telephone, with an Academic Advisor for an exit interview and to complete a Leave of Absence form. Any new student leaving before the end of the add/drop period in their first semester should contact the Admissions office.
Undergraduate Students Seeking to Return from a Voluntary Leave of Absence (RLOA)
An undergraduate student on Leave of Absence may return within five years of their last date of attendance. In order to return, the student must begin a reinstatement process by completing a Return from Leave of Absence Request [PDF], and submitting that form to the Academic Advising office.
Once the form has been submitted, the student will be scheduled to meet with an Academic Advisor or other Office of Student Affairs staff as appropriate to complete an in-person or phone appointment.
Once the appointment has been completed, the Director of Student Support (or their designee) will review all available information in evaluating the student's request for reinstatement, and notify the Academic Advisor of the outcome.
Students are advised to contact Academic Advising at least 30 days prior to the date of their desired return to allow sufficient time to complete the reinstatement process. No request for reinstatement will be considered if it is not received by Academic Advising a minimum of two weeks before the first day of classes for that term. The statute of limitations for finishing the undergraduate programs is 10 years, which includes the interim period spent on leave of absence.
Students may take multiple Leaves of Absence during their career, however, the total time spent on Leave of Absence may not exceed five years.
Requests for Exceptions to Existing LOA Policies
Students who wish to be reinstated and need an exception to the above Voluntary Leave policies (e.g., an extension of the LOA period, an extension of the statute of limitations, a request for reinstatement made less than two weeks before the first day of classes for that term) should contact Academic Advising to determine the appropriate process for appeal, typically to the Academic Review Board.
Undergraduate Student Administrative Leave of Absence (Admin LOA)
An undergraduate student on Administrative Leave of Absence (did not re-enroll at SAIC and did not complete voluntary LOA process) may appeal to return within five years of their last date of attendance. In order to return, the student should contact Academic Advising for a Return from Leave of Absence Request [PDF], and submit that form to the Academic Advising office to be reviewed by the Academic Review Board. After the review, the Academic Review Board (at its discretion) may allow the student to re-enroll in SAIC. If the student seeks to re-enroll five years or longer after the last date attended, they must re-apply through the Admissions office. The statute of limitations for finishing the undergraduate programs is 10 years and includes the interim period spent on administrative leave of absence.