What does the process of going on leave look like?
A student* in good academic standing who wishes to take time away from MIT may consider taking a Leave of Absence (LOA). If you are thinking about going on leave, you should set up a meeting with a S3 dean. Your dean will help determine the appropriate type of leave to take and answer any questions you have. If you are taking a personal or medical leave, it is important to talk with your dean about what the expectations will be when you request to return. If you are requesting a leave of absence from an upcoming semester, your dean can help you think through your plans. Once you have made your decision, your dean will process your leave and you will be ready to go. While you are on leave, your dean will be available should you have any questions.
*The COVID-19 emergency has necessitated that we clarify the intent and practice of our Leave of Absence Policy. LOAs are available to students who have completed at least one semester of MIT and are in good academic standing. As such, first year students are not eligible to request a Leave of Absence for the fall semester. Incoming first-year students should consult with the Admissions Office about deferring their enrollment for the 2020-2021 academic year by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.