In special circumstances where a student is not able to make academic progress due to physical or mental illness, the deans may grant a medical leave of absence. A student’s petition for such a leave must have the recommendation of the Senior Director of the Health and Counseling Services or the Medical Director of the Health Center or their designates.
The following are the steps to take to apply for a medical leave
First see one of the deans to discuss the situation and to pick up a petition.
Next meet with the appropriate professional from the health or counseling services for an assessment of the situation.
Finally, see the dean to request final approval for the leave, once the recommendation from the health or counseling center is received.
Return from medical leave is subject to the recommendation of a the Senior Director of the Health and Counseling Services or the Medical Director of the Health Center or their designates and the final approval of one of the deans.
The steps to apply for return from medical leave are:
First, see one of the deans to discuss your situation and pick up a “return from medical leave” petition.
Next, contact the appropriate professional from the health or counseling services to arrange for a review of you readiness to return. This should be done at least two to three weeks prior to the start of the term in which you wish to enroll You may be required to submit medical or other evidence in connection with an application to return.
Finally, after the dean receives a recommendation from the health/counseling services, see the dean to discuss his or her decision regarding your return to Caltech.
For questions on this policy, please see one of the deans.