For the Summer and Fall 2020 terms, Relay has temporarily updated the Leave of Absence for Compelling Personal Circumstances. You can read about the temporary policy change here.
Relay encourages all students to fully complete their coursework and their program of study. However, the institution realizes that unexpected personal, academic, and professional circumstances could prevent some from completing their program as planned. Students experiencing any of these circumstances are highly encouraged to contact their campus dean and/or faculty advisor for information about their options and then sign up for an appointment with SFS before completing official Relay exit paperwork. Leaving Relay can result in significant financial and employment implications.
Please see Census Dates for details on how a change to enrollment may impact students’ abilities to earn credit. For questions or concerns related to the information in this section, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
General Leave of Absence
Students who determine that it is not possible or in their best interest to complete the coursework in which they are currently enrolled can request to take a leave of absence from the program.
To initiate a request for a leave of absence, students should first talk with their faculty advisors, who will refer students to the campus dean to determine how and when to take the leave of absence. Students must discuss the implications of a leave of absence with their school leaders, applicable partner programs (such as Teach For America or New York City Teaching Fellows), and SFS. There may be significant professional, academic, and financial consequences to suspending enrollment in a Relay program. For details, see Financial Obligations upon Changes to Enrollment.
Once students have confirmed a leave of absence is the right decision, they must formally submit a leave of absence application to Relay. Directions for accessing and submitting an application are available in Support Center. Students are still enrolled students at Relay, with corresponding academic, financial, and administrative responsibilities, until the leave of absence is processed and they receive email verification of the leave of absence.
Relay will notify students via email upon approval of their leaves of absence and inform the students of leave and reentrance procedures. SFS will follow up with students about how to pay any outstanding Relay tuition and fees, including any deferred tuition balances that must be immediately paid back due to the leave. Please see Billing Due Dates and Refunds for more information. Students who return from leave of absences may also have to pay for coursework they are required to repeat. See Repeat Coursework for more details.
A leave of absence is valid for one year (12 consecutive months). Relay will consider withdrawing leave of absence students from the program permanently if they do not return within one year. Permanent withdrawal can result in immediate revocation of a teaching license or certification. Additional details can be provided by the campus Dean’s Office.
Students should note that a leave of absence will be treated as a withdrawal for the purposes of Title IV federal financial aid. This may require students who have taken a leave of absence to return a portion of unearned federal loans or grants. For more information about the return of Title IV funds, please see Return of Title IV.