A leave is a period of non-enrollment at Brown. Students who need to be away from campus for a short duration (e.g., a week or two when a student must attend to an emergency or call to duty) but wish to remain enrolled for that period of time, should speak with an academic advising dean regarding academic flexibility.
Students on leave may work, travel, volunteer, spend time with family, engage in military service, or take time to care for themselves or others. Sometimes academic, personal, or medical issues motivate a leave. At other times, students need space to reflect on their experiences in and out of the classroom. Seeing how classroom learning relates to the outside world is not always easy. A leave may help bridge this gap.
Taking a leave of absence may have implications for financial aid, visa status, and athletics compliance. Students receiving financial aid should consult with the Office of Financial Aid to understand how a leave may affect their financial aid package.
Students studying at Brown on a visa must consult with an OISSS advisor to discuss the implications of a leave of absence for their immigration status and/or student visa. Likewise, student athletes are encouraged to consult the Athletics Compliance office on implications for athletic eligibility.