Leaves & Withdrawals

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A leave of absence may be requested for professional engagements or sudden medical, family or personal situations.

Limited Leave of Absense

A limited leave of absence generally is not granted for more than two weeks per semester. The leave must be approved both by the Vice President for Academics & Performance and each of the student’s instructors. The student remains registered for the semester and is responsible for all course work, exams, juries, incompletes and fees associated with that semester.

International students on student visas requesting a leave of absence should note that they are required to leave the country within fifteen (15) days of the beginning of the semester.

A One or Two Semester Leave of Absence

The semester leave of absence may be for one or two consecutive semesters. After that time a student must reapply and reaudition. The Registrar will determine the effective date of the leave. Semester leave of absences with effective dates prior to the end of the Add/Drop period will result in the student being dropped from all course work. Effective dates after the end of Add/Drop will result in a withdrawal from all courses. It is the responsibility of the student to notify the Office of the Registrar in writing when he or she intends to return from a leave.


Students not wishing to return to the School should formally withdraw. Withdrawal forms are available in the Office of the Registrar. Withdrawn students are required to apply to the School for readmission if they wish to return. Information regarding reapplication to the School and auditions are available from the Office of Admission and Financial Aid.

For information regarding the financial implications of taking a leave of absence or withdrawing from the School, see Refunds in TUITION AND FEES in the School’s printed catalogue or on the Office of the Bursar page of this site.

Please be advised that leaves and withdrawals may affect immigration status and/or financial aid. You should consult with those offices in advance of making your decision.