Faculty members desiring a leave of absence for the purpose of professional development, to complete an advanced degree, or to recuperate from illness should make their request in writing to the President. The request should be routed through the dean and the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Such leaves are normally granted for up to one academic year with a guarantee of return to employment. Under exceptional circumstances the President may grant a second consecutive year of leave. Leaves will not be granted to accept employment at another institution unless the President deems such an appointment is in the best interest of the University.
Credit toward tenure or for promotion purposes does not accrue during the period of time in which a leave of absence is granted. Individuals granted any type of leave of absence should contact the Department of Human Resources concerning the status of their employee benefits during the leave. This contact should be made prior to taking the official leave in order to protect all possible benefits.