2021-2022 Course Catalog

Non-Academic University-Initiated Leaves

Chatham reserves the right to require a student to take a University-initiated leave of absence, suspension, or dismissal for non-academic reasons following a review by the appropriate University authorities. This action, which requires the student to be away from the University for a specified period of time, is taken in the best interest of the student.


Upon the recommendation of the Judicial Board for Honor Code – Student Behavior and Conduct Hearings and/or the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students, the University may require a leave of absence, suspension, or dismissal at any time if it is deemed reasonably necessary to protect the student, other students, members of the University community, or the interests of the University itself.

If a student does not fulfill the terms of the University-initiated leave of absence, it will result in a suspension or dismissal. Students who are dismissed are not permitted to return.

When a student who has been placed on a required leave of absence or suspension wishes to return to the University, the student must apply in writing to the Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students at least one month in advance of the return. The student will not be permitted to return to the University until the appropriate staff members provide validation.

If the student is approved to return, staff members may make recommendations to the University regarding conditions of return and/or continued enrollment.

Students who are required to take and fulfill the terms of the University-initiated leave of absence or suspension are able to submit for a Medical Schedule Cancellation/Withdraw.