Student Mental Health Leave Practices

At Canadian and U.S. Institutions

Topics: Student Health and Wellness, Student Affairs, Mental Health and Counseling

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An increase in student demand for crisis support motivates administrators to evaluate student mental health leave policies at Canadian and U.S. institutions. This report explores the mental health leave policies and procedures at four profiled institutions in Canada and the U.S. it specifically explores written policies, implementation, and evaluation.

  • Key observations from our research:

    1. Administrators at profiled institutions base student mental health leave procedures on several different institution policies and individual student circumstances.

    2. Student mental health leave requests combine student life and academic affairs offices; administrators involve accessibility and accommodation and/or counseling services for relevant student cases.

    3. Involve student life and academic affairs administrators, counseling services, and students in strategic plans to change student mental health leave policies and procedures.