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Mental Health and Medical-Related Re-Entry Process

Students who seek to resume study after an absence, leave, withdrawal, hospitalization or other incident due to mental health and/or medical reasons go through the re-entry process (also outlined in the University Regulations) before resuming classes or returning to university housing. Once the college or school confirms that a student is eligible to resume study, the student is sent instructions on how to proceed. Please read all information under the section below that applies to your situation. Students returning from a Medical Leave of Absence or an extended time away from the university must submit documents by the deadlines below to be eligible for re-entry for your desired semester. 

Students who take a medical leave of absence late in the semester must wait a minimum of one full re-entry cycle before they can begin the re-entry process to return to the University. The deadlines for the mid-semester medical leave are outlined below. For students taking a Medical Leave of Absence on or after:

  • December 1 (Fall semester) may begin the Re-Entry Process no sooner than the following Summer cycle

  • May 1 (Spring semester) may begin the Re-Entry Process no sooner than the following Fall cycle

  • August 1 (Summer semester/break) may begin the Re-Entry Process no sooner than the following Spring cycle

If you need to request a medical leave of absence, please complete and submit the Medical Leave of Absence Form to your class dean or relevant school staff. Please contact your class dean or relevant school staff for more information about taking a Medical Leave of Absence.

The Re-Entry Team is here to help students in their return to Fordham and to assist in navigating the re-entry process. Please contact the appropriate campus office with any questions or concerns about the re-entry process.

Goals of the Process

The Mental Health and Medical-Related Re-Entry Process is designed to:

  1. ensure that students are ready to return to classes and/or university housing after an emergency, crisis, hospitalization, unexplained absence, leave of absence (LOA) or withdrawal (WD);
  2. ensure coordination among separate areas and offices associated with the re-entry process;
  3. give students and families a clear set of expectations and requirements for re-entry; and
  4. ensure that Fordham University is adequately prepared to support students as they return to academics and housing.

Post-Hospitalization

After a hospitalization, a student goes through the re-entry process before returning to classes and/or university housing. If a student does not return home after hospitalization, Student Affairs staff must first approve a return to university housing.

To assess a student’s readiness to return to campus after a hospitalization, the following documents must be submitted as soon as possible after discharge to the appropriate campus:

  • Hospital discharge summary (including diagnosis, treatment provided at hospital and recommendations for treatment at discharge)
  • Medical Community Provider Form or Mental Health Community Provider Form 
    Please schedule and attend at least two full sessions with a licensed mental health provider, such as a psychologist, psychiatrist or licensed clinical social worker. If you have a personal provider, you must continue to seek care from your provider for at least two additional sessions. Please have your provider complete the Community Provider Report Form upon completion of the two full sessions.
  • Release of Information for the provider completing the Community Provider Form

The re-entry process will move forward once this documentation has been received and reviewed. You will be contacted if your documentation is incomplete, if additional information is needed or to schedule a meeting with a member of the student affairs staff.

Please note: Each college/school has a limit to the number of class absences permitted. Please view the attendance policy and contact your academic dean or advising staff for specific information.

Temporary Interruption of Study

If a student misses classes for mental health or medical conditions, he/she goes through the re-entry process before returning to classes.

To assess a student’s readiness to return to classes, the following documents must be submitted as soon as possible to the appropriate campus:

  • Medical Community Provider Form or Mental Health Community Provider Form
    Please schedule and attend at least two full sessions with a licensed mental health provider, such as a psychologist, psychiatrist or licensed clinical social worker. If you have a personal provider, you must continue to seek care from your provider for at least two additional sessions. Please have your provider complete the Community Provider Report Form upon completion of the two full sessions.
  • Release of Information for the provider completing the Community Provider Form

The re-entry process will move forward once this documentation has been received and reviewed. You will be contacted if your documentation is incomplete, if additional information is needed or to schedule a meeting with a member of the student affairs staff.

Please note: Each college/school has a limit to the number of class absences permitted. Please view the attendance policy and contact your academic dean or advising staff for specific information.

Returning from a Medical Leave of Absence

Students who have taken a Medical Leave of Absence or have been away from the university for an extended period of time due to mental health or medical reasons go through the re-entry process to return to classes and/or university housing. To be eligible to return for your desired semester, all documentation must be submitted by the deadlines below.

To assess a student’s readiness to return to classes, the following documents must be submitted to the appropriate campus by the deadline listed:

  • Letter of Intent--this document must be submitted by November 1, 2019 to be considered for re-entry for the Spring 2020 semester.
  • Release of Information—this document must be received by November 15, 2020.
  • Medical Community Provider Form or Mental Health Community Provider Form—this document must be received by November 15, 2020.
  • Please schedule and attend at least two full sessions with a licensed mental health provider, such as a psychologist, psychiatrist or licensed clinical social worker. If you have a personal provider, you must continue to seek care from your provider for at least two additional sessions. Please have your provider complete the Community Provider Report Form upon completion of the two full sessions.
  • Discharge paperwork (if applicable)—if you were hospitalized just before or during your Medical Leave of Absence, please also submit the hospital discharge summary (including diagnosis, treatment provided at hospital and recommendations for treatment at discharge).

If documents are not received by the deadlines listed above, we will assume you are no longer interested in returning for your desired semester.

The re-entry process will move forward once this documentation has been received and reviewed. You will be contacted if your documentation is incomplete, if additional information is needed or to schedule a meeting with a member of the student affairs staff.

Additional Information for Students and Families

  • If you need a mental health provider close to campus, we recommend that you contact your medical insurance carrier to find an appropriate provider. If you need further assistance in finding a provider, please contact Counseling and Psychological Services staff: Dr. Miriam Burt (718-817-3725) at Rose Hill or Dr. Yael Uness (212-636-6225) at Lincoln Center.
  • The Re-Entry Team primarily uses a student’s Fordham email account for communication, unless you have specifically requested an alternative email. Please remember to frequently check your email for any communication from us.
  • After review of all documents, students may be asked to submit additional supporting medical documentation. The Re-Entry Team will communicate with the student and/or family if additional information is needed.
  • Once a decision is made regarding a student’s re-entry, it will be communicated in writing. Until this decision is communicated, the student may not be on campus, attend classes, or participate in any school-related activities.