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Harvard Leave of Absence Prezi
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How does a leave of absence work...?
How do I Re-enter the Harvard Community...?
The Harvard "Leave of Absence"
Currently, there are many stigmas about taking a Harvard "leave of absence." However, a leave is just like any other resource on campus created to help and improve the experience of students at Harvard University! The following is a brief outline of a hypothetical mental health related leave of absence (a leave with a HUHS rider). In this presentation we'll discuss:
1) How is the "leave of absence" a resource?
2) How does the overall process work?
3) How do I re-enter the Harvard community?
4) What happens when I get back?
And, of course, we'll answer some frequently asked questions along the way!
The Harvard Leave of Absence
A presentation by
Harvard's Student Mental Health Liaisons
Before we begin.....
Frequently Asked Questions
What does it say on my transcript if I take a mental health leave (a leave with a UHS rider)?
There is no "leave of absence" written in your transcript regardless of any conditions associated with it.
However, there is a gap in the years (i.e. Fall 2012 then Fall 2014).
What is the deadline for a leave of absence?
Leaves should be requested before the first day of reading period. See the Harvard College Handbook for Students for exact details.
What is the purpose of a leave?
Leaves have several purposes. With concerns to mental health related leaves, these serve to allow students to
gain the toolkit necessary to live and cope with their mental health concerns.
Can I petition to come back for summer school?
Yes, but all the requirements still remain.
What qualifies as "full-time employment?"
This does not have to be paid employment. It can be volunteering or a series of smaller jobs that add up to a
When are students denied admission?
When they do not follow the aforementioned protocol or do not learn the necessary methods to cope with
their mental health concerns at Harvard. It's important to understand that the leave's purpose is for students
to gain the tool kit necessary to live and function well despite mental health concerns.
We must understand the two circumstances in which a student might leave Harvard University (other than graduating). The first is a voluntary leave of absence. The second is a required withdrawal from the university...
A Leave of Absence:
"Students whose previous academic and disciplinary record is satisfactory and who have petitioned by the seventh Monday of the term will normally be granted a “leave of absence.” Students who petition after the seventh Monday of the term will normally be granted a “leave of absence—late in the term.” Students who are not in good standing may be granted a “leave of absence—on probation.” Students who petition for a leave of absence after the tenth Monday of the term ordinarily will not be allowed to register in the next academic term. No petitions for a leave of absence for any term will ordinarily be considered after the first day of Reading Period for that term." - Harvard College Handbook for Students
Involuntary Leave of Absence/ Required Withdrawal:
The Dean of Harvard College may place a student on involuntary leave of absence if the student poses an immediate risk to the the community, is arrested or formally charged on allegations of serious criminal behavior, owes the university for term bill or telephone charges, failed to submit proof of immunization,etc.
- details can be found in the Harvard College Handbook for Students
The Hypothetical Leave....
Many students decide to take leaves for several different reasons--to pursue acting, to start a business, to take care of a sick family member, or to cope with mental health concerns.
Consider a hypothetical student, Lucy, who is struggling with General Anxiety Disorder.
How is a Leave of Absence a Resource...?
Conditions for a leave varies from person to person, but in all cases it is a voluntary and personal decision made by a student.
Consider Lucy, who is in the middle of midterms and finds herself constantly frozen with panic--she dreads leaving her room everyday and her grades have suffered in result. After a lot of deliberation, she decides she wants to focus on developing methods to cope outside of Harvard. She is granted a Leave of Absence with a HUHS rider--the "HUHS rider" indicates expectations for treatment.
Lucy is expected to seek treatment for her anxiety
And a sustained period of stability, normally evidenced by some type of work or long-term volunteer opportunity
These two things help gauge Lucy's ability to handle the pressures of the Harvard community, when she requests the Ad Board to return.
3 months before her expected readmission, Lucy contacts her Resident Dean and schedules a consultation with Counseling and Mental Health Services (CAMHS) on the 4th floor of UHS
Lucy is notified by CAMHS to send a letter to HUHS from all care providers (licensed professionals), a personal statement , and a letter from work or volunteer supervisors (with letter head and signed) at least one week before her interview. Only the personal statement and the work letter are sent directly to her Resident Dean.
Lucy will meet for an informal interview with HUHS Clinical Case Coordinator, Melanie Northrop LICSW.
The Ad Board's final decision
Melanie will write a recommendation to the Ad Board, only disclosing enough information to convey her opinions.
Is to Welcome Lucy Back to Harvard!*
Lucy's learned a lot from her year off. She's developed skills to cope with stress/anxiety and has practiced them with her full-time employment opportunity. Now it's time to maintain what she's learned.
She opts to meet with a CAMHS therapist to maintain her great work and to further adjust to Harvard life.
The Journey's Not Over Yet....
*only a very small percentage of students who follow this procedure are denied readmission
Any Questions? Here are some helpful resources!
1) Your Harvard College Student Handbook!
2) Your Resident Dean or Proctor!
3)Your Student Mental Health Liaisons!