Fall 2012 – Summer 2013
A leave of absence may be granted for maternity or parenting (interpreted according to McGill's “Parental Leave Policy” for non-academic staff) reasons or for health reasons.
Such a leave must be requested on a term by term basis and may be granted for a period of up to 52 weeks. Students must make a request for such a leave in writing to their department and submit a medical certificate. The department shall forward the request to Enrolment Services.
During a leave of absence for parental or familial reasons, a student will not be eligible to take courses but he/she may request and expect guidance on thesis and research work and will have free access to the University's academic facilities. Library services will continue to be available by registering at the Circulation Desk of the Humanities and Social Sciences Library (McLennan-Redpath). In special circumstances, familial leave may be considered for a student when a close family member is ill.
During a leave of absence for health reasons, a student will not be eligible to request guidance on thesis and research work or to take courses. He/she will not have access to the University's academic facilities but Library services will normally continue to be available by registering at the Circulation Desk of the Humanities and Social Sciences Library (McLennan-Redpath).
A medical certificate must accompany such leave requests.
Council of FGSR, March 1999
Please refer to Programs, Courses and University Regulations > University Regulations and Resources > Graduate > Regulations > Categories of Students > Leave of Absence Status for information regarding registration of graduate students and Postdocs on such leaves.
No retroactive requests for leave of absence will be considered.
It remains the student's responsibility to verify their administrative situation, in particular, as it pertains to term and course registration.