Medical Leave of Absence

Georgetown University in Qatar is interested in supporting the success of its students and the safety and welfare of the community. Students should consider requesting a medical leave of absence (MLOA) for situations that significantly limit their ability to function successfully or safely in their role as students. Students should visit Student Wellness & Counseling Center (SWCC) to receive more advice about a medical leave of absence for health and mental health conditions.

After meeting with a student considering an MLOA, we put our recommendations in writing. Our recommendations are done on an individualized, case-by-case basis. That said, we will generally recommend an appropriate form of treatment for the issue at hand. Ideally, treatment should be initiated immediately upon taking the leave from the University. In addition, depending on the circumstances, we may recommend other undertakings.

When a student feels ready to come back, Student Wellness & Counseling Center (SWCC) issues a recommendation regarding student's readiness to return so that the student can then be considered for re-enrollment at the University. While SWCC makes recommendations for both MLOAs and returns from MLOAs, the authority for granting leaves and returns rests with the dean's office.

Once a student has sent in all the required documentation, our internal SWCC committee reviews the materials to determine if the student appears ready to resume academics and university life. If so, we contact the student to arrange a check-in visit to review the student's safety and review the student's plan for maintaining optimal health, including recommendations for ongoing treatment if that is warranted.

Student Wellness & Counseling Center then contacts the dean's office to indicate its recommendation. The dean's office takes this recommendation into consideration when deciding whether or not to re-enroll a student. As noted earlier, final authority for granting a return rests in the dean's office.

Please see MLOA policy to learn more about MLOA and its specific procedures.