Request a Medical Leave of Absence

Students who are taking online courses, do not follow the links below. Please email Stephannee Standefer.

Students in the Feinberg School of Medicine, the Kellogg School of Management and the School of Professional Studies, do not follow the links below. You must contact your academic dean's office regarding the medical leave of absence and reinstatement processes for your program.

Undergraduate

Step 1 - Applying for MLOA

The deadline for requesting a medical leave of absence beginning Fall Quarter 2017 has passed. If you have any questions, please contact the Dean of Students office.

Step 2 - Contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) or Health Services

  • Students must work with either Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) or Health Services.

CAPS (for mental health related requests).

The student must schedule an appointment with CAPS for an evaluation.

  • Searle Hall
  • 633 Emerson, Second floor
  • Phone: 847-491-2151
  • CAPS website

Health Services (for physical health related requests)

Students should submit the following information from their managing physician (even if it is a Health Service physician):

  • Diagnosis and relevant medical history
  • Medications and current treatment
  • Treatment plan for medical leave of absence period
  • Expected outcome of treatment during the medical leave of absence
  • The information should be submitted to the Clinical Practice Manager at Health Service to fax number 847-491-2109
  • The Health Service will notify the student if a visit with a Health Service clinician is needed

Step 3 - Contact Dean of Students Office

Approximately 3-5 business days following the completion of Step 2, the student should contact the Dean of Students office for a medical leave of absence appointment with a member of the Student Assistance and Support Services (SASS) program. Appointments cannot be scheduled until recommendations have been received.

Graduate - Non TGS

Step 1 - Applying for MLOA

The deadline for requesting a medical leave of absence beginning Fall Quarter 2017 has passed. If you have any questions, please contact the Dean of Students office.

Step 2 - Contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) or Health Services

Students must work with either Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) or Health Services.

CAPS (for mental health related requests)

The student must schedule an appointment with CAPS for an evaluation.

  • Searle Hall
  • 633 Emerson, Second floor
  • Phone: 847-491-2151
  • CAPS website

Health Services (for physical health related requests)

  • Students should submit the following information from their managing physician (even if it is a Health Service physician):
  • Diagnosis and relevant medical history
  • Test results supporting the diagnosis
  • Medications and current treatment
  • Treatment plan for medical leave of absence period
  • Expected outcome of treatment during the medical leave of absence
  • The information should be submitted to the Clinical Practice Manager at Health Service to fax number 847-491-2109
  • The Health Service will notify the student if a visit with a Health Service clinician is needed

Step 3 - Contact Dean of Students Office

Approximately 3-5 business days following the completion of Step 2, the student should contact the Dean of Students office for a medical leave of absence appointment with a member of the Student Assistance and Support Services (SASS) program. Appointments cannot be scheduled until recommendations have been received.

The Graduate School

Step 1 - Applying for MLOA

The deadline for requesting a medical leave of absence beginning Fall Quarter 2017 has passed. If you have any questions, please contact the Dean of Students office.

Step 2 - Contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) or Health Services

Students must work with either Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) or Health Services.

CAPS (for mental health related requests)

The student must schedule an appointment with CAPS for an evaluation.

  • Searle Hall
  • 633 Emerson, Second floor
  • Phone: 847-491-2151
  • CAPS website

Health Services (for physical health related requests)

Students should submit the following information from their managing physician (even if it is a Health Service physician):

  • Diagnosis and relevant medical history
  • Test results supporting the diagnosis
  • Medications and current treatment
  • Treatment plan for medical leave of absence period
  • Expected outcome of treatment during the medical leave of absence
  • The information should be submitted to the Clinical Practice Manager at Health Service to fax number 847-491-2109
  • The Health Service will notify the student if a visit with a Health Service clinician is needed

Step 3 - Contact Dean of Students Office

Approximately 3-5 business days following the completion of Step 2, the student should contact the Dean of Students office for a medical leave of absence appointment with a member of the Student Assistance and Support Services (SASS) program. Appointments cannot be scheduled until recommendations have been received.

Once all necessary approvals are obtained, TGS will update the student’s record to reflect that the student is on an approved medical leave of absence.

Northwestern Law

Step 1 - Applying for MLOA

The deadline for requesting a medical leave of absence beginning Fall Semester 2017 has passed.  If you have any questions, please contact the Dean of Students office.

Step 2 - Contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) or Health Services

Students must work with either Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) or Health Services-Evanston.

CAPS (for mental health related requests)

The student must schedule an appointment with CAPS for an evaluation.

  • Abbott Hall
  • 710 N Lake Shore Drive
  • Chicago, IL 60611
  • Phone: 847-491-2151
  • CAPS website

Health Services (for physical health related requests)

Students should submit the following information from their managing physician (even if it is a Health Service physician):

  • Diagnosis and relevant medical history
  • Test results supporting the diagnosis
  • Medications and current treatment
  • Treatment plan for medical leave of absence period
  • Expected outcome of treatment during the medical leave of absence
  • The information should be submitted to the Clinical Practice Manager at Health Service-Evanston to fax number 847-491-2109
  • The Health Service will notify the student if a visit with a Health Service clinician is needed

Step 3 - Contact Dean of Students Office

Approximately 3-5 business days following the completion of Step 2, the student should contact the Dean of Students office for a medical leave of absence appointment with a member of the Student Assistance and Support Services (SASS) program. Appointments cannot be scheduled until recommendations have been received.

Step 4 – Contact the Law School Student Services (Dean of Students) Office

The Law School Students Services (Dean of Students) Office will work with the student to ensure all necessary program and law school approvals are obtained. The Law School will then update the student’s record to reflect that the student is on an approved medical leave of absence.
Once approved for leave by an Associate/Assistant Dean in SASS, students must schedule a meeting with the Law School Student Services (Dean of Students) Office to meet with the Dean of Students or Assistant Dean of Students.

  • Northwestern School of Law
  • Student Services-Dean of Students Office
  • McCormick, Room 166
  • Phone: 312-503-0785

Step 5 – Contact Additional Resources

Students must schedule a meeting with their Career Strategy Center advisor. Students are encouraged to consult with the Chicago campus Financial Aid Office regarding the financial aid implications of a MLOA.