A faculty member may apply for a full or partial leave of absence without salary. Leaves of absence are typically limited to no more than two consecutive years, but should be requested one year at a time. Applications should be submitted prior to the start of the leave. When a leave without pay is taken, the faculty member should consult with the Benefits Office about retaining their insurance coverage during the leave.
The retention of at least 5% of University salary will allow the faculty member to stay on University-paid benefit programs. The University duties to be performed for the paid portion should be negotiated with the Chair/Director. A memo should be attached to the leave application form that includes a description of the duties and the Chair/Director's approval.
If an Assistant Professor takes a leave of absence without salary that is 50% or more and six months or more in length during an academic year, the mandatory promotion/tenure date is extended by one year.
Faculty members are expected to be in residence during the year of their mandatory review (normally the sixth year of appointment) for promotion/tenure.
Upon AHR approval of the leave, the unit payroll coordinator will make the necessary payroll changes at the appropriate times to reflect the change in earn type and percent of distribution as indicated. Please cite AHR approval date in the notes section of the PERM.