8.0 Regular Status Faculty Leave

None of the leave policies in this section is intended to conflict with a faculty member's rights under the Family and Medical Leave Acts (FMLA). Leave taking for purposes covered by the Acts runs concurrently with the provision of the Faculty Guidelines. For a description of the provisions of the Acts, refer to the University's FMLA brochure.

8.1 Sabbatical Leave

8.1.1 A regular status tenure track faculty member is eligible for sabbatical leave after six (6) academic years (12 semesters, excluding summers) of countable service. Sabbatical leave is granted in semester blocks (July 1 - December 31 and January 1 ‑ June 30). No more than two sabbatical leaves can be taken consecutively.

8.1.1.1 Each sabbatical leave may be taken or used by the faculty member in one of the following two ways:

8.1.1.1.1 Two consecutive semesters of leave may be taken at one time with half pay each semester, or

8.1.1.1.2 One semester of leave may be taken with full pay for the semester.

8.1.1.2 Sabbatical leave is accumulative based on one unit for every six (6) years of tenure-track or tenured service. Sabbatical leave need not occur every seventh year. In the event that a sabbatical leave is deferred past the sixth year of tenure-track or tenured service, countable service can be applied to a future sabbatical leave.

8.1.2 Time spent on sabbatical leave will not be counted toward any subsequent sabbatical leave unit.

8.1.3 A sabbatical leave need not adversely affect a merit increase. If a faculty member's sabbatical leave encompasses a single calendar year merit increase evaluation period, January 1 to December 31, he/she shall be evaluated exclusively on his/her performance on sabbatical leave in addition to his/her use of sign communication and his/her professional integrity. This evaluation of his/her performance on sabbatical will be subject to peer evaluation as provided for in Section 6.6.1.5. The baseline points given for the evaluation levels of Section 6.5.1 are as follows: Unsatisfactory: 0 points; Satisfactory: 3 points; Commendable: 6 points; Outstanding: 9 points. Based exclusively on the faculty member's performance on sabbatical, the department chair may award an additional one or two points for Satisfactory or Commendable when the peer evaluations fluctuate between categories.

8.1.4 Sabbatical leave may be granted subject to the following conditions:

    1. submission of a reasonable plan for professional purposes to the Department Chairperson and the Dean by the dates specified in Section 7.14.
    2. the expectation to return to the University for at least two consecutive semesters, not including summer session after the sabbatical leave;
    3. an agreement by the faculty member that, upon return, he/she will submit a written report on sabbatical leave activities to the Department Chairperson and the Dean.
    4. The availability of University resources and sufficient personnel to enable University programs to continue without interruption during the faculty member's absence.

8.1.5 Procedures for requesting sabbatical leave are outlined in Section 7.1.1 and 7.1.2.

8.2. Leave of Absence

8.2.1 Leave of absence, which is leave without pay, may be granted in units of one semester, but may not exceed two (2) units at any one time. Exceptions to this must be approved by the Chairperson and the Dean of the School.

8.2.2 Leave of absence will not count toward time required for promotion, tenure, or the granting of sabbatical leave.

8.2.3 A request for a leave of absence, stating its purpose, must be approved by the Department Chairperson and Dean of the School.

8.2.4 No report on activities during a leave of absence is required.

8.2.5 Procedures for requesting a leave of absence are outlined in Section 7.1.1

8.3 Academic Leave

8.3.1 Academic leave, which is leave without pay for academic purposes, may be granted in units of one semester, but may not exceed two units at any one time. Exceptions to this time must be approved by the Chairperson and the Dean of the School.

8.3.2 Academic leave will count toward time required for promotion, tenure, or the granting of sabbatical leave.

8.3.3 Academic leave can be granted subject to the following conditions:
1) submission of a reasonable plan for professional activities to the Department Chairperson.
2) upon return, submission of a written report on academic leave activities to the Department Chairperson and to the Dean.

8.3.4 Procedures for requesting academic leave are outlined in Section 7.1.1.

8.4 Sick Leave

8.4.1 Sick leave is defined as a period during which the physical or mental incapacity of a Department member makes it impossible for the faculty member to perform essential functions of his/her position.

8.4.2 Unless otherwise prescribed by law, if more than four (4) consecutive weeks of classes are taken for sick leave, then the semester will not be counted toward promotion, tenure, or the granting of sabbatical leave.

8.4.3 A request for sick leave with pay up to a maximum of one year must be approved by the Department Chairperson and the Dean of the School.

8.5 Parental Leave

8.5.1 Parental leave benefits are the same as those outlined in the Administration and Operations Manual.

8.5.2 Parental leave is separate and distinct from sick leave, which may precede it.