Educational Leave Policy

An unpaid leave of up to six months may be granted to pursue educational advancement in an area or field that is work-related.

Such leaves may or may not be granted based on the needs of the university and department. Educational leaves are granted only when the employee intends to return to the university following the leave.

Applicability

This policy applies to regular full-time and part-time employees who are scheduled to work half-time or more during the academic year and have had at least four years of continuous benefits-eligible employment.

Procedure for Requesting Educational Leave

Requests for educational leaves must be made in writing to the immediate supervisor and department head of the employee, as well as the vice president for human resources or designee, at least two months prior to the commencement of the leave. The length of the leave must be stated in the request. The approval of the leave will depend on the facts and circumstances presented by the employee and the university's and department’s needs.

Response to Employee Request for an Educational Leave

The Office of Human Resources will respond either orally or in writing to the employee’s request for educational leave within five business days, absent extenuating circumstances, after receiving the employee’s written request.

Use of Vacation, Personal and Sick Time During an Educational Leave

Employee Status After Education Leave