Medical, Family and Personal Leaves of Absence

Policy 590.10

Policy Statement

Students can request a leave of absence for medical, family (includes parental leave) or personal reasons. In addition, students may be placed on administrative leave for various reasons.  Please refer to Medical Student Handbook Policy 590.20 - Administrative Leave of Absence.

A medical, family or personal leave of absence (LOA) may be granted with the following provisions:

  1. A leave of absence must be requested in writing and must include the reason, proposed duration, emergency contact information for the time away, and in the case of medical leave, sufficient documentation to support the request. Students must follow the established request process using the LCOM Leave of Absence Request and Approval Form. Students planning a leave of absence MUST also meet with an Assistant/Associate Dean for Students to discuss the LOA request.
  2. Leaves of absence are granted for a finite period.
  3. The Larner College of Medicine (LCOM) Office of Medical Education may stipulate conditions to be met to return from a leave of absence. In the case of medical leave, this includes supporting documentation from the student’s medical provider that the student is ready to return. In the case of leaves granted to pursue additional degrees (e.g., PhD, Master’s or Certificate program), evidence that the student has completed or is no longer enrolled in the additional degree program is required before the student’s enrollment status will be changed to active in the M.D. program.
  4. Students who fail to return to active student status or fail to request an extension to their leave of absence by the approved expected return date will be administratively withdrawn LCOM. The student will be informed of the withdrawal by the LCOM Registrar via their LCOM email address and via certified mail to the local address recorded in their myUVM account. In such instances, the student may appeal the administrative withdrawal to the Advancement Committee within 14 days of the withdrawal notification.
  5. Leaves of absence should be requested in compliance with the Medical Student Handbook Policy 560.00 -Satisfactory Academic Progress; students must complete all graduation requirements within six years. 
  6. In accordance with Medical Student Handbook Policy 310.00 - Support for Disabilities: Technical Standards Procedure for Admission, Advancement & Graduation for Students with Disabilities Seeking Accommodation, a Larner College of Medicine student may contact the Student Accessibility Services Office at the University of Vermont at any time to initiate the process of requesting reasonable accommodations.
  7. Students are subject to changes in their financial aid eligibility during a leave of absence.
    1. Title IV of the Higher Education Act stipulates that for Federal Student Aid purposes, a leave of absence, together with any additional leaves of absence, must not exceed a total of 180 days in any 12-month period. Only an enrollment interruption that meets Title IV guidelines is reported as a “leave of absence” to the National Clearinghouse by the UVM Registrar’s Office. Any enrollment interruptions that do not meet the federal definition are recorded as inactive or withdrawn periods.
    2. Students planning leaves of absence MUST meet with a member of the financial aid office prior to taking the leave to ascertain how the leave will affect their financial aid status unless they have no scholarships or current or prior loans or grants.
    3. Leaves of absence that do not meet the Federal Title IV definition utilize grace periods and cancel deferments of student loans. Students on leaves of absence are not eligible for financial aid.
  8. Students are subject to certain requirements with respect to their liability and health insurance status during a leave of absence.
    1. Students on leaves of absence are not covered by the University of Vermont general liability policy.
    2. Students on leaves of absence must continue their coverage by the Larner College of Medicine disability insurance policy and will be charged the standard fee for this coverage. Please refer to Medical Student Handbook Policy 840.00 – Disability Insurance.
    3. Students on leaves of absence are not eligible for health insurance under the University of Vermont student plan. However, insurance purchased prior to the onset of the leave provides coverage through the end of the semester following the time the leave was initiated.
    4. Students on leaves of absence may continue to be covered by the Student Health Prepayment Plan, if they reside in the Burlington area, that they provide documentation of appropriate health insurance covering hospitalization, and that they pay the requisite student health fee.
  9. Students on leave of absence must return the LCOM provided laptop to the Service Center as defined in their Laptop Agreement Form located in the COMET Support tab. All LCOM owned equipment, such as loaners, tablets or accessories in the student’s possession must be returned in accordance with the Agreement to avoid related fees.
  10. Students on leaves of absence will not be charged other fees.
  11. Students on leaves of absence will not have access to CATcard privileges. Student status for those on a leave of absence is noted as “inactive” in the Registrar’s Office (Banner). Only students whose student status is “active” have access to the fitness center and transportation services. A student wishing access to the fitness center while on a leave of absence may purchase a pass from UVM Campus Rec. Bus passes may be purchased from Green Mountain Transit (GMT) directly.
  12. Students returning from a leave of absence during clinical rotations will be assigned to the next available placement to continue their education. Such placements may be in a different location and later than the desired return date of the student. Inability to schedule a return to the curriculum; therefore, may result in a delay in graduation.
  13. Students returning from a leave of absence should contact the UVMMC IS Service Center (802-847-1414) to have their passwords reset and their accounts re-enabled..
  14. Students returning from a leave of six months or longer must complete clinical skills training in the Clinical Simulation Laboratory prior to returning to clerkship rotations.
  15. If students returning from a leave of absence during clinical rotations need to be refitted for their N-95 respirator, they will be responsible for associated mask-fitting charges assessed by the company contracted by LCOM for providing this service outside of established class-wide fitting opportunities.
  16. This policy does not prohibit students on leave from taking an exam to address an incomplete.
  17. Students on any type of leave of absence may not participate in non-remedial curricular or non-curricular activities where they would be representing the institution, the University, the Larner College of Medicine, or its students.
Early Advanced Integration Level Enrollment

Larner College of Medicine students considering a medical, family, or parental leave during their clerkship year may take up to 12 weeks of Advanced Integration elective credit and/or vacation prior to completion of the Clerkship level. To be eligible, students must be in good academic standing. Students may not take Advanced Integrations courses if the prerequisite clerkships have not been completed. Cases will be reviewed on an individual basis by the Associate/Assistant Dean for Students and may be referred to the Advancement Committee for further consideration.

To initiate the request process, upload the Advanced Integration Credit Exemption Request Form to your OASIS “Exemptions” Academic History tab. The Associate/Assistant Dean for Students (or designee) will then upload the completed form approving or denying the request.

Applicability of the Policy

All Medical Students

Related Larner College of Medicine Policies

Related University of Vermont Policies

Not Applicable

Related Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) Standard(s)

  • 12.1 Financial Aid/Debt Management Counseling/Student Educational Debt
  • 12.2 Tuition Refund Policy
  • 12.3 Personal Counseling/Well-Being Programs


  • 5/20/2014 Policy Adopted/Affirmed [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 7/21/2015 Policy Revised [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 5/24/2016 Policy Revised [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 6/20/2017 Policy Revised [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 5/15/2018 Policy Revised [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 9/18/2018 Policy Revised [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 6/18/2019 Policy Revised [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 1/21/2020 Reformatted [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 8/24/2021 Policy Revised [Medical Curriculum Committee]

Policy Oversight

Associate/Assistant Dean for Students (Larner College of Medicine Registrar)

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