Leaves of Absence (nonacademic)
Leaves for the purpose of research are described in a separate section.
Other leaves are described below. At minimum, qualified faculty are entitled to the unpaid unpaid leave provided by the College's adherence to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Policy for: the foster placement, birth or adoption of a child; care of self or certain family member(s) with a serious health condition; certain exigencies arising from a family member’s call to active military duty; or to care for a family member injured while on active military duty. (See the Employee Benefits chapter in the Employee Handbook for eligibility and other details or contact Human Resources for more information.)
Faculty who find that they need a leave of more than three days for medical reasons should arrange to meet with or contact the dean of the faculty, who will inform the faculty member of applicable policies.
A full-time faculty member who either gives birth or adopts a child, or whose spouse or domestic partner gives birth or adopts a child during a semester in which that faculty member would normally teach, and who will be the child's primary caregiver during that time, will be relieved of teaching duties for the entire semester without loss of salary. The faculty member will be granted six weeks of leave with no duties (usually the six weeks from the date of birth or adoption), and will normally be expected to resume non-teaching duties such as committee work, administrative work, academic advising, and supervision of senior work at the conclusion of that time. (However, a faculty member who prefers to take a full familial leave during which time no duties or presence on campus is required for 12 weeks would be on unpaid leave for the second six weeks if qualified for an FMLA leave.)
Additionally, in the event of a birth or adoption that occurs after October 1, the faculty member will be released from teaching for the fall and winter terms. In the event of a birth or adoption that occurs after December 1, the faculty member will be released from teaching during the winter and spring terms. In the event of a birth or adoption during the winter term, the faculty member will be released from teaching during the winter and spring terms. In the event of a birth or adoption between May 15 and the start of the fall term, the faulty member will be released from teaching during the fall term.
The following guidelines should be used to determine which semester(s) faculty may be released from teaching duties in the event of a birth or adoption under this policy.
|For birth or adoption that occurs||Semester(s) released from teaching|
|October 1 - November 30||Fall & WT|
|December 1 – January 31||WT & Spring|
|February 1 – May 15||Spring|
|May 16 – September 30||Fall|
If a faculty member in regular appointment is released from teaching for a familial leave under this policy, that faculty member's review schedule will be postponed by one semester, unless the faculty member requests that the schedule not be so postponed. This teaching release policy does not extend the unpaid familial leave benefits provided to faculty, as stated herein.
Other Unpaid Leaves
Any faculty member on ongoing appointment is eligible to apply for leave in order to meet familial responsibilities. Such leaves are without pay and will usually last for a minimum of one semester, with a normal maximum of one year. Normally, only one year of familial leave will be outside the regular scheduling of reviews for reappointment, promotion, and tenure.
The College will do its best to honor such requests, but it is incumbent upon the individual wishing such a leave to apply early enough so that the department affected may have time to plan for a replacement if authorized to do so by the Educational Affairs Committee.