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Leaves of Absence/ Withdrawals/ Involuntary Leaves

Leaves Of Absence/Withdrawals

A student anticipating an extended absence from the Law School shall petition in writing and shall also confer with the Dean of Students personally. Permission to take a leave shall be granted at the discretion of the Dean of Students. Leaves are typically granted for one or two semesters. In rare circumstances, leaves may be of longer duration.

Students wishing to withdraw from the Law School shall meet with the Dean of Students to make the appropriate arrangements.

Involuntary Leaves of Absence

Academic Reasons

As noted in the section on Academic Review, students with poor academic progress may be asked by the Committee on Academic Standing to withdraw or take a leave from Penn Law.

Other Reasons

The University may place a student on an involuntary leave of absence or require conditions for continued attendance under the following circumstances when the student exhibits behavior resulting from a psychological, psychiatric, or other medical condition that:

1. harms or threatens to harm the health or safety of the student or others;

2. causes or threatens to cause significant property damage; or

3. significantly disrupts the educational and other activities of the University community.

For more information, consult the Pennbook Involuntary Leave of Absence guidelines.

Refund of Tuition and General Fee

A student who withdraws, voluntarily or involuntarily, or who is granted a leave of absence during either semester of the academic year will be eligible for a refund of tuition and general fee in accordance with the conditions set forth below. The acceptance fee is not refunded except when a student withdraws for active duty with the armed forces.

The effective date of separation from the University is the date on which the student files a request for withdrawal or leave of absence in the Office of the Dean of Students.

In cases of leave or withdrawal, tuition and fees are charged at 10% per week for the first ten weeks of the semester, and thereafter the full tuition and fee charges apply.