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Deadlines and Determination


Students must apply for a Medical Leave of Absence  (MLOA) by the established deadline (generally the end of the 8th week of classes - earlier for Summer Session(s)). 

The process must be completed 1 business day before: the final day of the term; any of your final coursework, projects, exams are due - whichever happens first.

A MLOA cannot be processed if a student has taken a final exam or final coursework for any of their classes in the given quarter. A MLOA typically lasts two quarters.

The deadline for reinstatement is by the established deadline (typically six weeks before the quarter in which you wish to return to Northwestern).

Applications must be submitted by 5pm Central Standard time on the MLOA deadline dates listed below. 

Academic Year 2021-2022 Deadlines

*Please be aware that due to COVID-19 and other needs that dates/deadlines are subject to change

Academic Year 2021-2022 Deadlines
Fall 2021 November 12, 2021
Winter 2022 February 25, 2022
Spring 2022 May 20, 2022
Summer 2022 August 12, 2022 (for 10 week classes; deadlines are earlier for shorter sessions)


Student Assistance and Support Services (SASS) will notify the student in writing of the determination. The approval for MLOA will include some treatment expectations during the leave of absence which will be individually tailored to meet each student’s situation.  SASS may notify parents and appropriate university departments of the student’s change in status.