400 Leaves of Absence
An employee who requires an extended absence from work may qualify for a leave of absence from the University. The University recognizes eight types of leaves of absence: caregiver, qualifying exigency, military caregiver, disability, child-rearing, personal, administrative and military. All leaves of absence are subject to the following:
- Unless otherwise provided, only regular employees who have completed the probationary period and who are scheduled for 20 hours per week or more are eligible for leaves.
- Leaves are unpaid. Employees may use accrued paid time off to cover all or a portion of the leave (see language on specific leave).
- Leaves of absence are granted with the understanding that if the employee returns to work upon expiration of the leave, the employee will be reinstated to the position held prior to going on leave or, if that position no longer exists, to one of a substantially similar nature in the same department. If no such position is available at the end of the leave, the employee will be provided layoff provisions. Administrative leaves are not subject to this provision.
- Employees beginning an approved leave of absence, any portion of which is unpaid, are required to make arrangements with the Employee Service Center to ensure continuation of the employee's payments for benefits or services.
- To the extent possible, employees should discuss upcoming leaves with the unit supervisor and Human Resources well in advance of the start date, in order to accommodate department needs.
- Leaves must be requested on the required University form and approved by the Leave of Absence Coordinator in the Department of Human Resources.
- No leave of absence may exceed one year. Leaves are also subject to the time limits described under each type of leave of absence.