Students wishing to return to Elon after completing a Medical Leave of Absence or Hardship Leave of Absence must complete the following process in order to return.  For students seeking return after a withdrawal, please use the process outlined on the Admissions Website.

Request Deadlines:

Requests for returning from a leave of absence, including all supporting documentation, must be received at least thirty days prior to the first day of return to campus or classes.  No partial request will be considered once the deadline has passed.  Student requests are generally reviewed in batches once the deadline has passed. We strongly recommend that students begin the return process at least 60 days prior to the start of the term they plan to re-enroll.

How to Request for Return from Leave of Absence:

STEP 1: Gather Documentation: A student requesting return from a leave of absence MUST attach or provide documentation.  A request is not considered final until all documentation is received and no request will be considered that does not contain all of the necessary documentation.  Students are encouraged to submit documentation as part of their online application but may submit this separately in unique situations. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure all relevant documentation is included for review.

  • For most returns from a Medical Leave of Absence, a student may submit the Healthcare Provider Recommendation for Return Form (linked below) as documentation for their return.  In unique circumstances, a student may submit a letter or other medical documentation with required information.


  • For returns from other types of leave (including Hardship Leave), the student will complete a brief statement (as part of their return application below) explaining resolution of the situation that prompted the leave and will attach any supporting documentation.  No additional form of documentation need be submitted unless prompted by those reviewing the application.

STEP 2: Submit Online Request with Attached Documentation:  Students can submit their request to return online using the link below.  As part of their request, students are asked to provide context for their request. A space is provided for students to attach documentation to support the request.


Return Checklists: 

Please use the following checklist to ensure you have completed the return process completely and thoroughly.  This checklist is includes common mistakes encountered by the review committee that often delay or result in denial of a student’s application:

For students returning from Medical Leave:

  • The student has submitted the Return from Leave Application;
  • The student has attached or submitted documentation to support their Return from Leave Application;
  • The documentation is thoroughly and completely filled out by a licensed provider of medical or mental health services – NOTE: licensed providers of other services will not be accepted;
  • The documentation indicates that the student has complied with any treatment that was recommended as part of the student’s request for Medical Leave of Absence;
  • If the documentation includes requirements that the student engaged in a “Continuity of Care” plan once they return to Elon, the student has included the name, phone number, and first date of appointment on their Return Application.

For students returning from other types of Leave:

  • The student has submitted the Return from Leave Application;
  • The student has included a brief statement explaining resolution of the situation that prompted them to take a leave;
  • If appropriate, the student has attached any supporting documentation.


What Happens Next:

Once submitted, requests will be reviewed for completeness and submitted to the Leave of Absence Committee for review.  The committee will review all relevant information to determine whether return is in the best interest of the student and University.

For returns from a Medical Leave of Absence, the committee will (at a minimum) confirm the following:

  • The student’s treatment provider indicates student is medically ready to return;
  • The student has complied with treatment recommended as part of the student’s Medical Leave of Absence request;
  • The health issues that prompted leave are resolved or the student has made significant progress towards health recovery or maintenance;
  • If continued care is recommended, the student has a continuity of care plan confirmed (i.e. in place) prior to approval for return (including identified provider and confirmed first appointment to meet type/scope of care).

If approved, the committee will notify the student and inform other appropriate offices at the University.  The committee’s approval may be contingent upon certain expectations provided by the committee.  If this is the case, the student must complete all necessary expectations prior to the start of classes.  Students failing or refusing to complete these expectations may have their leave request denied.  The most common expectation involves meeting with a staff member from the Office of the Dean of Students to ensure appropriate connection to on-campus support services.

If denied, the student will be notified via email.  There is no appeal process for denied requests.


Common Questions:

Can I register for classes before I get approval to return?  Yes, students on leave are eligible to register for classes even prior to return.  If a student’s return request is denied, their classes will be canceled.

Can I register for housing before I get approval to return?  Yes, students on leave may participate in the housing selection process prior to their return.  If a student’s return request is denied, their housing registration will be cancelled.