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Last Revised: 1 July 2014
Refer Questions to: Vice President, Clerc Center
This policy applies to regular status and extended temporary status teachers in the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center (Clerc Center) of Gallaudet University.
Sick leave is defined as a period of time when medical conditions, including pregnancy-related disabilities, make it impossible for a teacher to work.
In compliance with the DC Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act leave may also be used for an absence if a teacher or the teacher’s family member is a victim of stalking, domestic violence or sexual abuse. The absence may be pertaining to seeking medical attention for the teacher or family member, seeking services from a victim services organization, obtaining psychological or other counseling or temporarily or permanently relocate.
A maximum of seven days or 49 hours may be used each academic year for the medical and/or safety needs (per the Act) of an immediate family member, defined as, a spouse, registered domestic partner, son or daughter (biological, adopted, foster, stepchild, legal ward, grandchildren or a child of a person standing in loco parentis), siblings, including step-siblings and half-siblings), a parent (including step-parents or a person who has acted in loco parentis), a parent of a spouse, spouses of children, and spouses of siblings. Personal leave or leave without pay may be requested to care for others not covered by this policy.
A full-time, regular or extended temporary status teacher accrues 10 days (or 70 hours) of sick leave for a full academic year (194 working days) service. Teachers who start after the beginning of the academic year or who are in a non-pay status accrue sick leave based on one day for each 19 working days, as follows:
Short and long-term substitute teachers earn sick leave at the rate of one (1) hour for each thirty-seven (37) hours worked (leave does not accrue while using leave), not to exceed forty-nine (49) hours per academic year. Leave is accessible after ninety (90) days of service.
Sick leave is with pay and all benefits continuing. The annual accrual is advanced at the beginning of the academic year, or on the starting date for a regular or extended temporary status teacher who begins after the start of the academic year. Sick leave may be used in half-hour increments. Regular and extended temporary status teachers on paid sick leave continue to accrue leave in the usual manner. Personal leave may be used when sick leave has been exhausted. Sick leave may accrue indefinitely; however, it is not reimbursed upon separation.
Advancement of Additional Sick Leave After 30 calendar days of continuous service, an advancement of sick leave in excess of the amount of paid leave available to a regular or extended temporary status teacher may be granted by the Vice President in situations when a teacher has not had an opportunity to accrue sufficient leave or when a teacher has experienced a chronic illness or long-term disabling condition and has exhausted his/her leave accrual. Employees who are eligible to receive other disability benefits (e.g., long-term disability insurance coverage, workers' compensation, recovery of income through settlement) are not eligible for a sick leave advance.
An advancement of sick leave is for a personal illness or injury only. Documentation from a physician or health care practitioner must be provided. No more than 60 working days may be advanced in any academic year. The amount takes into consideration, among other factors, the leave necessary to enable the teacher to be eligible for long-term disability insurance coverage. Upon return to work, the teacher is expected to repay the advanced leave at the rate of one-half of the annual accrual until the leave is repaid in full. If a teacher does not return or later resigns, he/she is responsible for reimbursing the University for any advanced sick leave which has not yet been repaid.
Teachers who continue to be disabled after all paid sick leave has been exhausted may request leave without pay and apply for long-term disability coverage. Leave without pay will be approved for a maximum of two semesters.
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