Leave of Absence
A Leave of Absence is a formal request to leave school but return within one year.
Request a Leave of Absence if you need to take some "time off" from college but have a plan and expect to return to SUNY Potsdam within a year's time.
A Withdrawal is an official request to leave school for an undetermined amount of time.
Request a withdrawal if you are not planning to return to SUNY Potsdam or if you are uncertain about your future plans.
An Emergency Withdrawal (W*) from the College can be requested if you are forced to leave the College during a semester due to reasons beyond your control.
Acceptable circumstances for an Emergency Withdrawal:
- A severe medical or emotional condition or
- A serious family emergency, etc.
- You must be able to provide clear and complete documentation of the situation from a qualified professional such as a doctor or psychological counselor.