The University's Paid Parental Leave policy is intended to support faculty as they balance professional and family duties before and after the birth or adoption of a child. Several measures are available:
Eligible faculty are tenured, tenure-track, or non-tenure track, with appointments of at least 50% FTE, who have been employed by the University for at least one full semester or six months.
To apply for paid parental leave, you must complete the Faculty Parental Leave Request form, at least two months in advance of your expected leave. Parental leave is charged to your accrued annual, creditable sick and personal leave. Instructional faculty will also rely on collegial leave, once their accrued leave is exhausted. The University will supplement the balance, as needed, to ensure up to eight weeks of paid leave. Parental leave is charged concurrently toward Family Medical Leave.
You may also request a modification of work duties without a reduction of salary during the same semester you are on Parental Leave. This is known as the Modified Duty Family Support Plan. The Plan should be developed in collaboration with your chair and dean, and might include elements such as:
If you have developed a Modified Duty Family Support Plan, it should be attached to your Faculty Parental Leave Request form. A Modified Duty Family Support Plan may be available from six months prior to 12 months following the birth or placement of your child for adoption or foster care.
If your spouse is also a faculty member at the University, Modified Duty Family Support and Paid Parental Leave are available to both of you, on a sequential basis, provided that the faculty member on leave is the child's primary caregiver during the period of the leave or modified duty.
You are also entitled to two automatic extensions of time before your mandatory tenure review. Click here for more information.
Also see the Policy on Family and Medical Leave.