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Leave of Absence

Degree seeking undergraduate students who plan to be absent from the university for more than one semester must file a leave of absence to preserve their current catalog rights. An undergraduate petition is available through the Office of Advising and Academic Services (UH-380), (909) 537-5034. Graduate students must also file a leave of absence when planning to be absent for ONE or more semesters. A graduate petition is available through the Office of Graduate Studies (CE -356), (909) 537-5058.

The leave of absence policy covers both involuntary and voluntary interruptions. In most instances, with an approved leave of absence, a student may be absent from the campus without losing their rights to specific degree requirements under an earlier catalog. Petitions for leaves of absence should be filed in advance of the interruption in enrollment. The maximum duration for any leave is two calendar years. 

Leaves of absence will not be approved for students subject to disqualification or dismissal due to academic deficiencies or disciplinary action. Other students ineligible for leaves of absence are those who are not completing any degree applicable course work, those who are enrolling only in extension courses or those who are only auditing courses.

Return from a Leave of Absence

If an educational leave of absence was approved, official transcripts must be submitted prior to readmission.  All students must complete and submit a readmission form to the Office of the Registrar, Records unit, when returning in the term requested in order to attend classes once again. Students who do not return to CSU, San Bernardino at the conclusion of their planned leaves and those who enroll elsewhere without permission from the Office of the Registrar, will be considered to have withdrawn from the university at the end of their last semester of enrollment.