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Personal Leave


At the university’s discretion, unpaid leave of absence for personal or family needs of a serious and urgent nature may be granted to eligible employees.


Personal Leave of Absence


  • Full-time staff
  • Must have at least 6 month of continuous full-time service and are performing satisfactorily
  • Must not have been on a "Performance Improvement Plan" or have received final written counseling at any time during the 12 months prior to the date of leave request
  • Subject to approval by employee's manager (or management) and Human Resources


  • Up to 3 months unpaid leave of absence
  • Cannot use vacation or sick pay during a Personal Leave of Absence


  • Maximum of 3 consecutive months as one consecutive block of time
  • No more than one (1) leave may be taken during a fixed 12-month period beginning with the first day of an approved personal leave of absence.  No more than three (3) months of leave may be taken during a five (5) year period beginning within the first year in which an approved leave of absence is taken.

Start Date:

  • On first day of absence agreed upon by employee, manager, and Human Resources


Personal Leave Process


Employees are responsible for following the Personal Leave of Absence policy including notification procedures, completion of the Personal Leave of Absence Request form, and guides outlined on this website.

Managers are responsible for being familiar with the Personal Leave of Absence policy and for following the procedures and the manager responsibilities outlined in the policy.

During a Personal Leave of Absence sick pay, vacation pay, and floating holidays are not available. Vacation and sick time do not accrue during a Personal Leave of Absence.

An employee on Personal Leave is not eligible to receive pay under any of the university policies for sick pay, short-term disability or vacation. Therefore, if you wish to continue benefits participation you are responsible for paying the employee contribution amount for those benefits that require an employee contribution. This can be done on an after-tax basis by personal check and forwarding such payment to the Human Resources department or by arranging pre-payment via pre-tax (if appropriate) deductions prior to the leave.

Retirement plan contributions and Health Savings Account (HSA) contributions will be suspended during an unpaid leave. An employee may make Health Savings Account post-tax contributions directly to his or her HSA account. Upon an employee’s return from unpaid leave, contributions that have been suspended by Human Resources will re-start automatically.

If you choose to discontinue any benefits while on leave, you may need to re-enroll upon your return to work.  Contact Human Resources for more information.