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MassBay Re-Entry Process

Returning to MassBay after a Hospitalization or Medical Leave of Absence


MassBay Policy:

Any student who is hospitalized or takes a medical leave of absence while enrolled at MassBay must meet with Student Development for a re-entry conversation to discuss resuming their studies. Students may not resume their academic coursework or register for future courses until the re-entry conversation with Student Development occurs.

Initiating the Re-Entry Process

There are two forms required for you to submit prior to scheduling your medical re-entry conversation.

  1. Your MassBay Student Medical Re-Entry Form. You can submit this form online.
  2. Your Healthcare Provider Medical Re-Entry Form. You must print this form, have it completed by your healthcare provider, and then upload it online here.

If we need additional information we will contact you at your MassBay e-mail. Once we have all of the required documentation, we will contact you via e-mail to schedule your re-entry conversation.


What happens if I am hospitalized?

When the College is first informed of the student’s hospitalization, the College will place a medical “hold” on the student’s registration, pending the student’s re-entry conversation. Throughout the process, the highest level of confidentiality will be maintained.

What does the medical re-entry process look like?

When a student feels well enough to return to classes they will be asked to fill out a form for themselves and they will also be asked to have their medical provider fill out a form relating to the student’s readiness to return to classes. Only when both forms have been completed and submitted can the medical re-entry conversation be scheduled.

Who can fill out my Healthcare Provider Medical Re-Entry Form?

Any licensed healthcare provider familiar with your case may complete the form. This includes your primary care provider, hospital staff, psychiatrist, psychologist, etc.

What is the medical re-entry conversation like?

All medical Re-Entry conversations take place virtually or face-to-face and include the student, a representative from the Dean of Students office, and a representative from MassBay counseling services. The purpose of this meeting is to review resources and offer a holistic approach to the students return to classes, it is not intended to be a barrier. These conversations are usually scheduled for 30 minutes and are used to evaluate a student’s readiness to return to classes.

Can someone join me for the conversation?

Medical re-entry conversations are designed to be interactive with the student and Student Development staff. If the student would like somebody to join them for the conversation, they may, but the student must complete a release for each individual that will be on the conversation and submit it prior to the conversation. Please keep in mind that while someone may join the student for the conversation, the student must be the one engaging in dialogue with Student Development staff. You can access the FERPA Release Form here and can send it to the student Development Staff member assisting you with the process.

​​​​​​​Who do I contact with Questions?

You can contact the Student Development Office at 781-239-3142 or at