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Student Life > Family Services

Family Care

Shannon with Daughter

We recognize the immense challenge in juggling research/work with familial responsibilities, and we are dedicated to supporting the needs of those in the Western community who strive for greater balance in their personal and professional lives. The Family Care website has been developed to inform parents, both current and expecting, of the many resources available to them on campus and throughout the city of London.

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars requiring additional family-related support, including getting settled in London, may contact Clare Tattersall for assistance.

Leave of Absence
Reference: Graduate Regulation 4.06

If you need to apply for a leave of absence due to medical, compassionate, or pregnancy/parental grounds you can do so through the secure Graduate Student Web Services Portal.

After submitting an application for leave, your request will be forwarded to your home program for approval and finally to The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for approval and processing.  Once a decision has been made, you will receive notification via your Western e-mail address.

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