Health Leaves of Absence (HLOA)

Cornell recognizes that medical and mental health conditions can interfere with a student’s academic success and personal safety. Taking a Health Leave of Absence (HLOA) provides students with a break from their studies to attend to treatment or management of a health condition. Any Cornell student can request to take an HLOA. The University’s goal is to enable students to address their health needs and return to complete their academic program. 

All students who are considering an HLOA are encouraged to consult with Student Disability Services (SDS) to discuss eligibility for accommodations before requesting an HLOA. If you are considering an HLOA, please review the information regarding Health Leaves of Absence found on the SDS website. The Health Leaves Coordinator ( is also available to answer your questions.