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Students desiring to take a leave of absence should schedule a meeting with the Senior Director of the Office of Student Affairs to discuss the leave of absence. All leave of absence requests must be approved by the Senior Director or their designee, in the Office of Student Affairs. There are two primary types of leave: 

  • Medical Leave of Absence: Administrative Leave of Absence: This type of leave is initiated and managed within the Office of Student Affairs. An administrative leave can only be initiated between academic semesters – not while classes are actively in session. An administrative leave serves a broad range of purposes such as a personal hardship. 
  • Administrative Leave of Absence: This type of leave is initiated and managed within the Office of Student Affairs. An administrative leave can only be initiated between academic semesters – not while classes are actively in session. An administrative leave serves a broad range of purposes such as a personal hardship. 

Students enrolled in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, who are approved to take a medical or administrative leave of absence, may return to the School within one calendar year of the date of leave. Upon the desire to readmit, the student should schedule a meeting with the Senior Director of the Office of Student Affairs regarding the readmission process. 

Students who have been absent from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy for more than one year from last enrollment must reapply for admission to the School and must compete for readmission with the other applicants for the entering class in that year. In situations involving medical leave, it is possible to extend the one year leave on a case-by-case basis. If the student is approved for readmission to the School at a point beyond one calendar year, the Scholastic Achievement and Progression Committee will review the student’s transcript and make recommendations for completing the program. Students may be required to re-take some or all previously completed coursework in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy PharmD curriculum or complete competency testing.