Faculty & Staff

GASS Orientation

Please find below a list of pages frequently viewed by GSAS faculty and staff.

Quick Links

Forms for Faculty

Download degree applications and other forms intended to be completed by faculty members.

Leaves of Absence

A leave of absence allows students who must interrupt their studies for a compelling reason to be exempt from the Continuous Registration requirement.

Blue Seal Letters

Students who need to conduct research in libraries, archives, museums, or other such institutions may request letters of introduction, or "blue seal" letters.

OPT Status for GSAS Students

OPT (Optional Practical Training) is a benefit of F-1 student status that allows students to work off-campus in their field of study to gain practical experience. 


Withdrawal is the act of formally giving notice that one is leaving the university without intending to return at a future time.


Students should submit the Return from a Leave of Absence form six weeks before the start of the semester in which they wish to return.