Use your time off wisely but sparingly.
Students can take up to 180 days of Leave of Absence during any one 365-day period, and Student Success Advising recommends that students utilize this option when life events (the birth of your child, a new job, relocating, personal emergencies, etc.) would otherwise hinder successful completion of your courses. However, remember that this time away from your program is included in the total time that you have to complete your degree. Taking 180 days of leave does not add an additional 180 day to your overall Time to Degree maximum.
Attend your academic residencies as outlined by your Student Success Advisor.
Academic Residencies have been designed to be taken at specific key points in your doctoral programs. Attending them as outlined will help you stay on track as the sessions you'll attend and the information you'll gain have been shown to help students be prepared for that phase of their program. While we certainly understand that a variety of factors play a role in when students are able to attend their residencies, delaying the residency for too long only means you delay your access to the information and resources presented at the residency.