For External Treatment Providers: Information on Brown's Medical Leave Clearance to Return Process

We at Brown are grateful that you have agreed to provide treatment to one of our students while on medical leave. We understand that it is a big step for a student to establish treatment while they are on a leave from college. Sometimes it can be challenging for a student to fully explain what they need from their healthcare providers as part of the process of petitioning for reinstatement to Brown.  Below is a description of what we would like you to include in a  letter documenting their treatment. Please feel free to call us at 401-863-3145 regarding this should you have any questions or concerns.

Mailing Address:  Student Support Services |  Box 2015 | Providence, RI 02912
Email: [email protected]
Fax Number: 401-863-1999


For leaves which require clearance from Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), students must submit a letter from their mental health treatment provider. For leaves which require clearance from University Health Services, students must submit a letter from their physical health treatment provider.

Students may submit more than one letter from treatment providers (e.g., a therapist and psychiatrist or a primary care and specialist health provider). In some instances, students may submit letters from both a mental health treatment provider and physician.

The treatment provider’s letter should include the following information:

  • A statement of their opinion on whether the student will be ready to return to the academic and social demands of full time enrollment at the University by the beginning of the term for which the student is petitioning to return from medical leave. A reduced course load may be a reasonable modification for the student to continue full time enrollment. 
  • The statement should include the basis for their opinion on the student’s readiness to return.
  • If there are concerns about the student’s readiness to return to full time enrollment, the treatment provider should explain.
  • The treatment provider should include any recommendations that would mitigate those concerns, including any reasonable modifications, such as a course load reduction, that would enable the student to successfully participate in Brown’s programs.

*All materials may be sent via email to [email protected]. If you have any concerns, please give us a call or send us an email.

Petitions to return are accepted on a monthly basis and materials should be  submitted to the committee by 11:59pm on the 1st of the month.