If you will be absent from the US between 5+ months and will not maintain registration at Coe to keep working on your degree program (such as through an official study abroad program), the Director of International is required to terminate your SEVIS record. This does not carry negative connotations and should not affect your ability to return to your studies when you are ready. Please contact the DIA and request a "Withdrawal Request - More than Five Months" to have your withdrawal approved.
To reenter the US after a 5-12-month absence, you must contact the DIA, ideally at three to five months before your plan to return, in order to obtain a new, initial I-20.
If you will be absent from the US more than 12 months and will not maintain registration, you must also contact the Office of Admissions and ask for any additional instructions.
Because of the length of your absence, you will be issued a new, initial I-20 with a new SEVIS identification number. This means: