Student Conduct and Leave of Absence Policies

Student Conduct

Students are expected to conduct and dress themselves in a professional manner at all times. Foul language, possession of un-prescribed drugs, alcoholic beverages and being disrespectful are all considered to be unsatisfactory conduct that may be grounds for dismissal. A student who conducts her/himself in a manner that’s detrimental to the school, staff or other students will be terminated. Theft of property from the school or other students is grounds for immediate dismissal along with prosecution.

Leave of Absence Policy

A leave of absence (LOA) is a temporary interruption in a student’s program of study. A leave of absence must meet certain conditions, for it not to be considered a withdrawal which requires Return Calculation.

A. Merryfield has a published LOA policy, which states that all requests for leave of absence must be submitted in writing, including reason for request to the Director of Education or a designated administrative staff for approval.

B. An approved leave of absence cannot exceed 180 days within a 12-month period and no additional institutional charges will be accessed.

C. If the student requesting LOA is a Title IV loan recipient, it must be made clear prior to Merryfield granting LOA. The effects of failure to return from leave will have on the student’s loan repayment terms, which impact the expiration of the student’s grace period.

D. A student that has been granted leave of absence is not considered to have withdrawn, and upon return within the approved timing, continues to earn financial aid previously awarded for the period.

E. Once the student returned from his or her LOA, the loan period will be extended and the graduation date will be updated.

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