Unpaid Time Off

Parental Leave

If you do not meet the eligibility criteria for Family Medical Leave (FML), you may qualify for parental leave. For more information, please see the university's Handbook of Operating Procedures.

Parental Leave provides up to 12 weeks of unpaid parental leave for the birth of a natural child or for the adoption or foster care placement of children under three years of age. This policy applies to any employee who's appointed to work at least 20 hours per week for a period of at least 4.5 continuous months. Leave granted is proportional to the appointment.

If you, or your department, have been notified that you don't qualify for FML, you may use parental leave. Employees are required to use all accrued and available paid leave, while taking parental leave. However, any leave accrued while on Parental Leave may not be used until after the employee returns to work in a benefits eligible position. You can only use sick leave for the period of incapacity. For the rest of the 12 week period other paid leave must be used, unless there is an extension of the period of incapacitation due to complications or illness of the child or mother.

If you become eligible for FML while using parental leave, then you'll be placed on FML for the remainder of the leave. The parental leave previously granted will be applied toward the 12 weeks of FML.  The combination of Parental Leave and FMLA Leave granted shall not exceed 480 hours. If more than one parent is an employee of the University, Parental Leave and FMLA Leave awards must be shared between both parents and shall not exceed 480 hours.

The university will continue to contribute its share of premiums for your insurance while you're using available and appropriate leave. The university will discontinue its share of premiums anytime that you're on a full month of leave without pay while using Parental Leave.

Leave of Absence

While Parental Leave is a type of Leave of Absence, you can request additional time off by requesting a Leave of Absence. It's the policy of the university to provide a leave of absence (LOA) without pay for personal reasons, professional development and public service or other activities that reflect credit on the university and enhance an individual's ability to make subsequent contributions to the university. If you're interested in a LOA, you must submit a Leave of Absence application form (PDF) through department channels. For more information, please see the university's Handbook of Operating Procedures.

Learn more about your insurance options while on leave without pay, including how to continue coverage, how to pay, and what to do when you return to work in a benefits eligible position.