Ramapo College of New Jersey (RCNJ) students may apply for a Medical Leave of Absence (MLOA) from the College for reasons of physical or psychological illnesses. Students must withdrawal from all registered courses under this policy. The grade for each course will be recorded as “W” on the student’s transcript. There will be no refund for a MLOA after college refund deadlines. (see Academic Calendar)
Students considering applying for a MLOA need to contact the Center for Health and Counseling Services (CHCS) to request an evaluation for the purpose of pursuing a MLOA. If the condition is medical in nature, contact Student Health Services (SHS) (201-684-7536); whereas if the condition is psychological in nature, contact Counseling Services (CS) (201-684-7522) for an evaluation. In order to obtain a MLOA a student must obtain a medical recommendation from the appropriate unit (Health or Counseling) within the Center for Health and Counseling Services. In order for a MLOA to be processed for a given semester, the evaluation must be completed prior to the final day of classes.
Students can take as much time as needed away from the College to recover from their condition; however, students who do not take classes for two or more consecutive semesters must reapply for admission. Students who stay out for longer than two consecutive semesters and are readmitted will continue their studies under the graduation requirements in effect at the time of their re-admission. In order to be approved to return from a MLOA a student must provide the required documentation and complete an evaluation through the appropriate unit (Health or Counseling) within the Center for Health and Counseling Services. Students returning from a MLOA must complete the process by the established deadlines: August 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester. If you miss the deadline, your return from MLOA will be postponed until a later semester. If the process to return from a MLOA is not completed by the deadline, the student will be deregistered.
For detailed information, refer to the Center for Health and Counseling Services website.