Returning From a Health Leave of Absence: Your 1st Semester Back

Return from Leave of Absence facilitator

“The BEST THING about this [Return from Leave of Absence] group was finally being able to be open and honest about being on leave. Although everyone’s story was different, we totally benefitted from meeting together, learning from each other and supporting each other.”
 

Once you return to campus following a Health Leave of Absence, there are people and programs at Cornell available to help you readjust to student life and take care of your health and well-being.

The Health Leaves Coordinator serves as a case manager and support for students who are taking and returning from a leave of absence. 

Resources

Students on the Ithaca Campus can reach out to the following resources for information and support related to returning from a Health Leave of Absence.

Please be aware that most campus resources will be happy to support you remotely during the 2020-2021 academic year, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many resources will need to be consulted online or by phone. 

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Cornell Health

Staff from Cornell Health's primary care medical services and mental health teams work together to provide confidential support for Cornell students. Please be aware that most Cornell Health services will be offered by telehealth during the Fall 2020 semester.

  • Medical Services: Cornell Health has a multidisciplinary staff of medical providers, nutritionists, physical therapists, and specialized teams that address common student health concerns like alcohol use, disordered eating, and athlete health, and provide support for students with chronic or serious health conditions.
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers:
    • Individual therapy: CAPS offers short-term counseling with licensed professional therapists. 25-minute appointments can be scheduled as soon as the same day. Counselors work with students to determine the best way to meet their needs.
    • Let’s Talk: CAPS counselors provide informal, confidential consultations via telehealth Monday through Friday during the academic year.
    • CAPS Group Counseling: For many students, group counseling is an effective tool for addressing issues common among college students. Support groups offer a safe environment to discuss problems with others who are dealing with similar concerns.

Cornell Minds Matter

Cornell Minds Matter is a student organization that holds events and conducts outreach to promote mental and emotional health, reduce the stigma of mental illness, and foster a healthy, balanced lifestyle among Cornell students. Whether your interest stems from personal experience, academic interest, curiosity or desire for social action, CMM welcomes you to join us. College is difficult enough as it is.office of dean of stud

Dean of Students Office

The Office of the Dean of Students includes resource centers, advising units, and affinity groups that focus on student support, advocacy, equity, building a sense of community, and intersectional identity development. You may be interested in consulting one of the following identity resources: 

Empathy, Assistance, and Referral Program (EARS)

EARS counselors are trained student volunteers who use empathetic and active listening skills and problem-solving techniques. They can also provide referrals for services in the Cornell and Ithaca communities.

Learning Strategies Center

The Learning Strategies Center (LSC) is the central academic support unit for undergraduates at Cornell University. Through academic skills workshops and tutoring, the LSC strives to actively engage students in the learning process and support their efforts to become more successful and independent learners.

"Let's Meditate"

Let’s Meditate is a free, guided, mindfulness meditation series sponsored by Cornell Health in collaboration with campus partners. Meditation sessions are held daily Monday-Friday at various campus locations during the fall and spring semesters. No prior experience is needed and all are welcome.

Nature Rx

All students can benefit from exploring the great natural beauty of the Cornell campus. Cornell Health physicians may prescribe time in nature as part of a treatment plan. Spending a few hours each week in nature can improve mood, cognitive ability, alertness, ability to concentrate, social connection and overall sense of well-being. Visit the Nature Rx website for information about natural areas located near campus.

Return from Leave of Absence Orientation & Support Group

An orientation session for students returning from a leave of absence is held at the beginning of each semester. The orientation is a great opportunity to meet other students who are returning from leave. During the orientation, students who returned from leave during a previous semester share their experiences and advice. In addition, attendees receive guidance and resources about talking with friends and faculty about a leave of absence, reestablishing a social network, managing time to accommodate academic and personal needs, asking for help, and preparing for challenges.

The Return from Leave of Absence Support Group meets weekly throughout the semester. Meetings are tailored to meet the needs of the participating students, and may involve group discussion, guest speakers, board games, or other activities determined by the group.

For students at Cornell Tech

Cornell Tech students can reach out to the following resources for information and support related to returning from a Health Leave of Absence:

  • Cornell Tech Health & Wellness provides supportive services to students regarding health matters, including referrals to providers, assistance in navigating immunization requirements and student health insurance, as well as stress reduction, problem solving, and crisis management.
  • Cornell Tech Student Services is a one stop shop for: 
    • academic advising and support
    • course registration
    • international student advising
    • student activities
    • student employment on campus
  • The team holds daily office hours for students to ask questions and hosts a variety of events for students.