PCHCS Student Handbook 2024-2025

Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences (PCHCS) 2024–2025 119 Leave from Studies It is recognized that students may need to temporarily discontinue all coursework either voluntarily or by administrative action. This can occur through a leave of absence or an administrative break in enrollment. 1. Leave of Absence A leave of absence (LOA) is a university-approved temporary period of time during which the student is not in attendance but is not considered withdrawn from the university. Students who experience extenuating and unavoidable circumstances that prevent them from maintaining an active status through continuous enrollment must consult with their adviser/program office to determine whether their circumstances warrant an LOA request and to discuss the impacts of an approved LOA on their degree/program completion, academic standing, course grades, and conditions for return. Financial aid recipients who wish to request an LOA must also consult with a financial aid counselor to learn about impacts on their financial aid eligibility. An LOA request must be submitted at least 14 days prior to the beginning of the semester/term for the leave. An approved LOA must be granted for up to 180 days within a 12-month period. For more details, including the Leave of Absence Request Form, visit the Office of University Registrar’s website at nova.edu/registrar/policies/leave-of-absence-policy.html. 2. Administrative Break in Enrollment An administrative break in enrollment may be voluntary or may be imposed by the dean. Students who wish to request an administrative break in enrollment must complete the Administrative Break Request Form and include supporting documentation. If the program director or chair supports the request, the program director or chair will send the request to the associate dean of Student Affairs for review. Students will be responsible for understanding the impact of the leave on financial aid, health insurance, housing, etc. Administrative breaks in enrollment may lead to delays in graduation, additional tuition and fees, and other financial or academic adjustments. If the student is not able to complete the term, the student may be able to withdraw from the class or receive an incomplete grade, depending on the student’s status in the course. After review of a student’s request for administrative break in enrollment, the associate dean will inform the program director or chair whether it is approved or denied. If the administrative break in enrollment is approved, the academic program director or chair will inform the student, in writing, of the terms and conditions of the administrative break in enrollment and subsequent return to the program. Students are expected to adhere to these terms and conditions, or they may risk disenrollment from the program. While on an administrative break in enrollment, a student is not eligible to attend any academic or cocurricular activities. If the administrative break in enrollment is denied, the program representative will inform the student that the request has been denied. President’s List Students receiving a 3.8 GPA or higher are placed on the President’s List for that semester. An annual letter of commendation is sent from the president to the student, and the honor is recorded on the student’s official transcript.