Dear 100 Hour Board,
Is a leave of absence really as simple as not signing up for classes for a semester and then signing up the following semester? I am tempted to do this due to having a baby in the middle of the semester, but I want to make sure I am not going to send myself into academic peril if I don't sign up for classes for fall semester.
-Pregnant and due in October
That’s what I did. I too was super nervous about it, but everything worked out, and I didn’t have to talk to anyone to make it happen. If you want to be extra thorough, you could always confirm that policy with your college’s advisement center.
I do have one tip though: login to your account often enough that you know when you need to sign up for the next semester’s classes. I took my leave of absence in the spring, and I randomly logged in one day and noticed I could sign up for classes the following week, but I also noticed that ecclesiastical endorsements were due that very Sunday. It was a mildly hectic process making sure I would be able to get into the classes I needed.
The gist of that story is basically that during a leave of absence, you have to be responsible for yourself, because the university isn’t going to make sure you’re keeping up on things.
I have one more word of caution—BYU will let you miss one major semester per academic year, provided you return for the next major semester. If you miss more than one, you would forfeit your place at the university and have to reapply, which would likely have a detrimental affect on any financial aid you may be receiving. So I would recommend against taking a leave of absence unless you’re 100% sure you’ll be able to get back into the swing of things come January.
Congratulations on the baby!