Please visit the Blackboard organization site, WSE Academic Advising, to submit the requests.

Emergency Leave of Absence (ELOA)

Students may be granted an Emergency Leave of Absence (ELOA) for the purpose of dealing with a personal situation that impacts a student’s ability to remain on campus and complete the semester. Examples of situations that might necessitate an ELOA include: the death of a family member, the need to serve as a caregiver for a family member, or other family emergencies. Students experiencing their own physical or mental health issues should refer to the Medical Leave of Absence (MLOA) option. These emergency leaves are reviewed by the Engineering Advising Office and Student Outreach & Support in the Office of the Dean of Student Life. During an ELOA, students may not enroll in another institution for the purpose of transferring credits back to JHU.

Medical Leave of Absence (MLOA)

Students may be granted a Medical Leave of Absence (LOA) to address their own physical or mental health concerns with the approval of Student Outreach & Support in the Office of the Dean of Student Life. No tuition or fees are charged while on leave. Students on a MLOA may request permission to take up to two courses totaling 8 credits or less at another institution while on leave. Students interested in taking courses while on MLOA should contact the Engineering Advising Office to receive pre-approvals. A medical leave of absence may be granted when students wish to take time off from school due to physical or mental health reasons. 

Standard Leave of Absence (SLOA)

Students may request a Standard Leave of Absence (SLOA) for military service (foreign or domestic), full-time internships preventing enrollment in courses, or missionary work. The deadline to request this leave is the last day to drop classes. During SLOA, students may not enroll in another institution for the purpose of transferring credits back to JHU. To request a SLOA, engineering students should complete the online form found on Blackboard.

Overloads

Engineering students have a credit limit of 18.5 credits for first-year students and 19.5 credits for sophomores and above for fall and spring semesters. This limit allows students to complete the requirement for one major within four years. Therefore, the request to take more than the limit in a given term is not taken lightly nor approved automatically. Please read the directions shared on Blackboard, WSE Academic Advising if you wish to make such a request. 

Please note: No credit overload permission will be granted for first-year students during their first term. After fall semester grades have been posted on SIS, first-year students may follow the directions shared on Blackboard, WSE Academic Advising if they would like to make a request.