Return from a Leave of Absence

Students returning from an approved leave of absence should submit this form preferably six weeks before the start of the semester in which they wish to return. Students returning from a medical leave must submit to the Office of Student Affairs a doctor's note approving their return; they must also contact a Columbia health provider who will evaluate their readiness to return.

The complete policy regarding returning from a leave of absence is available online at

Students who have decided not to return from a leave of absence should select the appropriate box below, indicating that they intend to withdraw from the University. The complete policy regarding withdrawals is available online at


(Refer to SSOL)

*Please note that the decision to withdraw is final. By selecting this option, you are officially notifying the Office of Student Affairs that you are withdrawing from your program.

FOR STUDENTS ON MEDICAL LEAVE: Please submit a letter from your health care provider that confirms that you are capable of returning to graduate study and details any recommended qualifications. You will not be able to register until you do so. Letters should be sent to:

GSAS Office of Student Affairs
Columbia University
107 Low Memorial Library, MC 4307
535 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10027

Please save the email confirmation you will receive after you submit this form as documentation of your having submitted this request.

Once your request has been processed, you will receive an official communication from the Office of Student Affairs regarding the remaining steps necessary for your return.

You may contact the Office of Student Affairs with questions at or (212) 854-8903.

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