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New leave option available to students

January 30, 2013

Colorado State University is implementing a new leave policy for undergraduate students that makes it easier for them to leave and return to the university.

student holding booksThe new policy, effective beginning Fall 2013, allows students to take a one-time, one semester leave for any regular fall or spring semester (planned leave is not necessary for summer semesters). Applications will be available when registration is available in March.

Planned leave is ideal for students who are on one-semester domestic internships, mission service, military service, or who need to leave due to medical, family, or financial crisis.  Unlike simply "stopping-out," registering for a planned leave allows students to maintain eligibility for university enrollment without needing to pursue the full readmission process.

Students who wish to take advantage of the planned leave policy must meet certain criteria, including but not limited to:

  • They must be an undergraduate degree student (either resident instruction or continuing education) seeking their first bachelor’s degree.
  • They must have an academic standing of good standing, probation one, or probation two.
  • They must be registered during the semester immediately prior to the beginning of their planned leave semester.

Planned leave is not intended for students participating in study abroad programs; however, students may enroll at another domestic post-secondary institution during their planned leave semester.

Students leaving for more than one semester due to military service should work with the Adult Learner and Veteran’s Office or the Veteran’s Benefits Office to discuss their options.

Also, students needing more than one semester away from CSU should use the returning student process through the Office of Admissions.

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