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Faculty Handbook-4.5.1 Personal Leave
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This section of the Faculty Handbook describes the policy for personal leave of absence.
4.5.1 Personal Leave
A leave of absence without pay of up to one year may be granted for justifiable reason(s), after one year of continuous service. The faculty member may use accrued benefit time as appropriate to the type of leave at the beginning of the leave period prior to going into an unpaid status. This leave can be renewed for a second year. In either case, approval must be given by the Department Chair and by the appropriate Dean or Library Director and the Provost. Any renewal of leave of absence beyond two years must be approved by the President.
This type of leave also includes time off given to any employee with an illness/injury or those who are pregnant but do not meet the eligibility criteria for a Family Medical Leave of Absence. One year of continuous service is not required in this case.
Leave of absence requests for additional time beyond the 12 work weeks allowed for a Family Medical Leave of Absence must meet the requirements of personal leave, including one year's continuous service and approval of the approrpiate Dean or Library Director or administrator.
Faculty applying for a leave of absence should contact the
Office of Human Resource Benefits
regarding the continuation of insurance and other benefits. The total cost of benefits is borne by the person on leave. Vacation and sick time do not accrue during a non-paid leave of absence, but earned credits may be carried forward.
Return to UAB service following an approved leave of absence shall be without prejudice to the faculty status of the individual prior to taking leave. Time spent on personal leave of absence shall not be considered as part of an individual’s tenure-earning period or for promotion, tenure, or eligibility for sabbatical leave. Full-time tenured faculty on an approved leave of absence may reduce their full-time commitment without relinquishing their tenure.
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