Special research leaves may be authorized by the University. (See UPR 6-11.8).
Leaves of Absence/Faculty Professional Improvement Leaves
Requests for leave are subject to approval by the Chairperson, the Dean of the College and the Provost. (See UPR 6-11 and 6-12).
Faculty members may request a leave of absence for a legitimate professional or personal reason. Such leaves may vary from one semester to one year in length. Leaves of absence involve no compensation from the University. Requests for leaves of absence for the next academic year shall be filed not later than the first of March. Requests for leaves which are proposed to begin during the second semester should be filed at the beginning of the fall semester. Time spent on leave other than a scholarly leave of absence is not considered as part of the probationary period for tenure. In a request for a leave of absence without pay a faculty member must state the reason for the leave, and indicate whether the leave of absence being requested is scholarly or not.
The FAC will review requests for leaves of absence without pay, and make a recommendation to the Chair. The Chair must give in writing to the Dean reasons for recommending an individual's request for leave without pay. (See UPR 6-11.9 for details concerning a leave of absence without pay).
Faculty Professional Improvement Leaves are available to qualified Faculty when authorized by the University. Faculty taking such a leave receive all or part of their salary (depending on the length of the leave) and full benefits. Taking a Faculty Professional Improvement Leave creates an obligation to return to the University and teach for a period specified by University policy. Since the purpose of a Faculty Professional Improvement Leave is to allow Faculty to improve professional knowledge and skills, faculty requesting such a leave are expected to submit a detailed proposal indicating how this is to be accomplished, and a report following conclusion of the leave. (See UPR 6-12 and 6-12.101).