At times the HWS administrators require students who take a medical leave from the Colleges to document appropriate treatment before returning to school.
In such instances, administrators generally require that students arrange for their home treatment providers to provide written documentation regarding their readiness to resume their studies before allowing students to return to HWS (see Community Provider Report Form).
In evaluating whether a student has successfully engaged in treatment while on medical leave, HWS requires that the student's home treatment providers complete our Community Provider Report Form and an accompanying Release of Information. The home treatment provider must be a licensed or certified mental health professional (e.g., a licensed psychologist, licensed social worker, or psychiatrist). The completed and signed release should be mailed to the Student Affairs staff, at the following address:
Confidential Medical Leave Information
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Geneva, NY 14456
Students should be advised that, even in the best of circumstances, the process of confirming their successful engagement in treatment typically requires a few weeks and sometimes takes longer. Therefore, it is important that students begin this part of the readmission process (i.e., complete, sign, and submit all required forms and confirm they have been received) several weeks before they hope to return to campus.
Ultimately, the decision to allow a student to return to school following a medical leave rests with the HWS administrators. Any questions about this process may be directed to the HWS administrators. The Hobart College deans can be reached by calling 315-781-3300; the William Smith College deans can be reached by calling 315-781-3467.