Student Assistance and Support Services (SASS)

What is Student Assistance and Support Services (SASS)?

The purpose of a medical leave of absence (MLOA) is to provide students time away from campus for treatment of a physical or mental health condition that impairs a student’s ability to function safely and successfully as a member of our community. The authority to grant a MLOA and permission to return from a MLOA resides with the Dean of Students Office.

SASS does not provide counseling and information shared is not confidential (not protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)). For confidential counseling, please contact Counseling and Psychological Services.

This protocol applies to both undergraduate and graduate students. Each leave is individualized based on the needs of the student and handled on a case-by-case basis. Students who request and obtain a voluntary MLOA during an academic quarter may be eligible for a number of benefits, including:

  • Tuition adjustments or refunds
  • Later course withdrawals
  • A coordinated treatment plan
  • For international students, depending upon the circumstances, a MLOA may provide a way to remain in the U.S. while maintaining legal status
Is SASS a counseling office?

SASS does not provide counseling and information shared is not confidential (not protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)). For confidential counseling, please contact Counseling and Psychological Services.

Who are the members of the SASS team?

The members of the SASS team are:

SASS is a unit within the Dean of Students Office. Information on each member of the Dean of Students staff can be found at our meet the staff page. Make an appointment with a member of the Dean of Students staff.

Why would I meet with a staff member from SASS?

Meeting with a SASS team member is often a good starting place. SASS members are available to consult with students, faculty, staff, families and community members/providers to determine the best approach to the student’s current situation.

How do I make an appointment with a staff member from SASS?

To make an appointment with a member of the Student Assistance and Support Services team (SASS) contact the Dean of Students Office at (847) 467-3160. Additional information regarding scheduling appointments with members of the Dean of Students can be found at the Dean of Students appointments page.

What is the Purpose of a Medical Leave of Absence (MLOA)?

The purpose of a medical leave of absence (MLOA) is to provide students time away from campus for treatment of a physical or mental health condition that impairs a student’s ability to function safely and successfully as a member of our community.

Are MLOAs voluntary?
Yes, MLOAs are voluntary. Students are not required to take a MLOA.
What are the benefits of a MLOA?
Each leave is individualized based on the needs of the student and handled on a case-by-case basis. Students who request and obtain a voluntary MLOA during an academic quarter may be eligible for a number of benefits, including:
  • Tuition adjustments or refunds
  • Later course withdrawals
  • A coordinated treatment plan
  • For international students, depending upon the circumstances, a MLOA may provide a way to remain in the U.S. while maintaining legal status
How long does a MLOA last?

MLOAs provide students time away from campus for treatment of a physical or mental health condition that impairs a student’s ability to function safely and successfully as a member of our community. Generally, mental health related leaves are a minimum of two quarters and physical health related leaves are typically a minimum of one quarter in length.

Law school leaves are a minimum of one semester.

How do I apply for a MLOA?

The process of applying for a Medical Leave of Absence (MLOA) can be found here.

How do I apply for Reinstatement from a MLOA?

Applications for reinstatement must be submitted to the Dean of Students office no later than eight weeks for law students and six weeks for all other students before the term in which you wish to start. Applications for reinstatement will NOT be considered after the deadlines. The process for reinstatement  can be found here.