Students may find it necessary to interrupt progress toward their degree; leave Chapman, and decide to return at a later date.
UNDERGRADUATE students who left Chapman University in good academic standing or on academic probation and were absent no more than 4 consecutive semesters (excluding interterm and summer sessions), may enroll for classes at Chapman University during the registration period for their return.
Students with Interrupted Enrollment status will enroll under the general education and major degree requirements of their original catalog year.
GRADUATE students who wish to break enrollment for 1 semester or trimester (excluding interterm and summer sessions) must request for and be granted a Leave of Absence. Approved Leaves of Absence do not extend the time limitation on graduate degree completion. All degree requirements must be completed within 7 years from the date of matriculation.
Requests for Leave of Absence are made through completing a Graduate Petition Form and must be submitted to the Dean's Office of the student's college or school. Graduate students wishing to leave during a term and prior to the end of the withdrawal period, must request to officially drop all coursework with the Office of the University Registrar when their requests for leave are granted.
The minimum requirements for a Leave of Absence are:
- A student must be in good academic standing.
- The petition must be approved by the program director and dean of the college.
- The petition must state clearly and completely the reasons for the leave.
- Leaves may be granted for one year with a possible renewal of one additional year.
- Failure to return after the specified time is considered complete withdrawal from Chapman University.
- Retroactive leaves are not permitted.
VETERANS receiving honorable discharge, and who left the university to perform military service - interrupting their enrollment, may enroll for classes at Chapman University with the same academic status when the students last attended Chapman. The length of absence from Chapman University cannot exceed five years.