200.170–MFA: LEAVES OF ABSENCE, LATE REGISTRATION, TERM WITHOUT CREDIT (TWC) & EXTENSIONS

Date Revised: September 2015

POLICY
Leaves of Absence are granted at the discretion of the MFA Committee. A Candidate may request a leave of absence by submitting a letter to the MFA Program Office and a copy to the Candidate’s advisor. The MFA Committee shall determine on a case-by-case basis as to whether to extend the program completion deadline for a period equal to the term of the extension.

Should a Candidate fail to register for any given semester by the posted deadline, the Candidate shall be charged a late-registration fee. The Candidate will be permitted an additional 15 days to register. After 15 days, the Candidate is no longer permitted to register. This will be deemed a “term without credit,” and the Candidate will be assessed a TWC fee.  The Candidate must pay this fee in order to remain in good standing in the program.  The Candidate’s deadline for completing the program will not be adjusted.

PROCEDURE
Under certain conditions, a Candidate may petition the MFA Committee for an extension of up to one year ending six years from the date of matriculation to complete the requirements for the degree. These conditions are as follows: 1. The occurrence of an unforeseeable event or circumstance by which a Candidate is compelled to discontinue work in the program for a period of time in excess of 30 days or during a period of time that a retreat is conducted, and; 2. A Candidate has no more than 15 credits remaining to complete the requirements of the degree. A formal written request for an extension detailing the reasons for the request must be received by Maine Media College no later than three years from a Candidate’s date of matriculation. The MFA Committee shall notify a Candidate in writing of its decision and any provisions of the extension, if granted, within 30 days from the date of receipt of a Candidate’s petition.