Medical leaves are intended to give students time to focus on their health and wellbeing so that they can return to campus and be successful in their academic and co-curricular pursuits. The medical leave clearance process is designed to ensure that students have taken such care, and that appropriate supports and resources are in place for their return. The following guidelines apply to undergraduate students who are seeking to return to Brown following a medical leave of absence. Graduate and medical school students considering medical leave should contact the Graduate School and Medical School respectively.

Below is an overview of the philosophy, deadlines and materials required as part of the petition for clearance to return.  The full document,Guidelines: Clearance to Return from Medical Leave, provides additional detail on these materials as well as outlining the timeline of the process, criteria which are considered, clearance committee membership, and appeal process.  

Guidelines governing clearance seek to assure, in consultation with the student and their medical care providers, that the student will be able to function effectively in the autonomous student environment at Brown without significant disruption to others in the University community, and that the student can adequately monitor their own health. The clearance process also provides a review of the ongoing supports a student may need (e.g. medications, and/or continued psychotherapy appointments, and/or continued medical appointments).

In order to petition for clearance, a student must send all required documents by 11:59pm EST on the deadline dates below. IT IS CRITICAL THAT THESE DEADLINES ARE MET. 

  • October 15th  for a Spring semester clearance
  • January 15th for Summer enrollment and/or a Fall semester clearance (with participation in the Housing Lottery)
  • May 1st for a Fall semester clearance (without participation in the Housing Lottery). 

Petition for Clearance Materials
Each petition must include three documents that are described in detail in the document Guidelines: Clearance to Return from Medical Leave

  • Student Letter
  • Clinician Letter(s)
  • Release of Information Form

Please note, Student Support deans are available at any time to answer questions about the requested materials or any other aspect of the process.


Guidelines: Clearance to Return from Medical Leave

Release of Information Form