Reinstatement

Reinstatement is the process of returning to the University after an unapproved interruption of studies. Students who have withdrawn from the University or who have been dismissed are not eligible for reinstatement.

Doctoral Students

Students who entered a doctoral program in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences before Fall 2011 and who left the University without having obtained an official leave of absence must apply again for admission to the doctoral program as a new student. Admission for return to graduate study is granted at the discretion of the department and of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

The GSAS Office of Student Affairs requests that the department or program supply a written schedule for the completion of all requirements before the student is admitted. The student is expected to complete the degree by the date specified by the department or program; extensions will not be granted.

If admitted, the student will become subject to all current requirements as interpreted by the GSAS Office of Student Affairs with regard to the student's case. In cases where there has been a prolonged interruption of studies, a department may require a student to retake examinations and/or courses as appropriate.

Students who are readmitted count against the department’s admissions allocation. Any student who is readmitted with funding cannot receive guaranteed funding for more than five total years of enrollment (i.e., with the student’s earlier enrollment and new enrollment calculated together).

Students who entered an Arts and Sciences doctoral program in or after Fall 2011 are allowed nine years of continuous registration to satisfy all requirements for the doctoral degree, during which time they are required to maintain full-time status or obtain an official leave of absence.

Master's Students

A student in a master’s program in the Arts and Sciences who has been absent from his or her program for four or fewer semesters without having obtained an official leave of absence must apply for reinstatement. Reinstatement is granted at the discretion of the department or program and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

To request reinstatement, students must submit the Application for Return to MA Study to the GSAS Office of Student Affairs at least eight weeks before the first day of registration for the term in which they intend to resume studies.

The department or program must then submit the Return to MA Study: Evaluation of Application form to the GSAS Office of Student Affairs.

MA students who have been on an unapproved leave for more than four semesters must apply again for admission.

The GSAS Office of Student Affairs requests that the department or program supply a written schedule for the completion of all requirements before the student is reinstated. The student is expected to complete the degree by the date specified by the department or program; extensions will not be granted.

If reinstated, the student will become subject to all current requirements as interpreted by the GSAS Office of Student Affairs with regard to the student's case. In cases where there has been a prolonged interruption of studies, a program may require a student to retake examinations and/or courses as appropriate.