Relay will work with students should they require leaves of absence from Relay due to medical conditions and/or pregnancies. Students should discuss plans for a leave of absence with their faculty advisor as soon as possible. All general leave-of-absence processes apply to medical and maternity leaves. See General Leaves of Absence for details.
Relay permits student with medical conditions and/or pregnant students and students who have given birth within six months to take a leave of absence if deemed “medically necessary” by a doctor. Students who wish to request a temporary medical or maternity leave of absence or who wish to request accommodations must submit medical documentation with their leave of absence application to demonstrate that temporary leaves or accommodations are medically necessary (e.g., doctor’s note on letterhead or proof that their short-term disability claim was approved).
Relay will excuse students’ leaves of absences because of medical conditions, including pregnancy or childbirth, for as long as the students’ doctors deem their absences medically necessary. Relay will work with students during their leaves to minimize, to the extent possible, students falling behind in coursework.
Once students are ready to return to Relay, Relay will work with students to address how best to make up missed course and/or clinical work and get back on track toward their degrees. Please see Returning to Relay for more information on the re-entrance process. Students who take a medical or maternity leave of absence may not be required to pay for repeated coursework.
If students have concerns about a particular professor’s attendance and/or coursework policy as it relates to their medical or maternity leave of absence, the student should contact their campus Dean's Office. For complaints of medical condition or pregnancy-related discrimination, please see Student Grievance Policy.
Accommodations for Students with Medical Conditions
Upon the submission of proper documentation, Relay will work with students who have medical conditions, including those students who are pregnant or have given birth within six months, to develop temporary accommodations. The accommodations will vary depending on students’ conditions, medical documentation, Relay resources, and the students’ academic programs.
For information on how to request accommodations due to a disability, please see Relay’s Disability Policy.