UoPeople allows students to be inactive for up to three (3) consecutive terms but not inactive for more than three (3) terms in a given academic year (September to August). Under special circumstances such as military service, a student’s inactivity may be extended for a maximum of five years. Please note that in order to approve such a request, supporting documents must be sent.
Students must apply for a leave of absence when planning to be out of residence in an upcoming term. Out of residence refers to the number of terms that a student has been inactive at the University— either unenrolled from the institution and/or enrolled at UoPeople without completing any course work (enrolled but inactive).
Students requiring an extended period of inactivity at UoPeople may wish to consider withdrawing from the University.
Students are considered inactive during a term in the following instances:
- with an approved leave of absence (LOA)
- when dropping and/or withdrawing and/or being granted an administrative course withdrawal from all classes
The time granted for a student’s inactivity will not count against the total time allowed to complete the degree.
 Note that the calculation and counting of consecutive terms will include terms of leave from one academic year to the next academic year. Examples of when a student will be administratively withdrawn on the 4th term of inactivity may include: Terms 1, 2, 3 & 4, Terms 2, 3, 4 & 5, Terms 3, 4, 5, & 1, Terms 4, 5, 1, & 2, and Terms 5, 1, 2, & 3. Also true is the following scenario involving 4 non-consecutive terms of leave in the same Academic Year: Terms 1, 2, 4, & 5, and Terms 1, 3, 4, & 5.