Leave Policies

An academic appointee is considered to be on a leave of absence any time he or she takes a leave from normal duties during the prescribed periods of services. Academic-year appointees are expected to be present from the beginning of the Fall Semester through the end of the Spring Semester, except during official university holiday. In addition, academic-year appointees may be absent during the periods between semesters without requesting an official leave, unless they are traveling on official university business. Any appointee returning after the beginning of the Fall Semester or leaving before the end of the Spring Semester should apply in advance for a leave of absence in accordance with the Academic Personnel Manual (APM) and campus procedures.

Fiscal year appointees who are in service throughout the calendar year (12 months), except during official university holidays, shall apply in advance for leaves of absence.

For both academic-year and fiscal-year appointees, periods of academic recess (e.g. periods between semesters) include recess from formal classes, but not recess from research, committee and other administrative duties, or other university obligations.

Appointees granted a leave, paid or unpaid, due to their own illness (other than pregnancy disability), must provide a return to work certification. An appointee who fails to provide a return to work certification may have his/her reinstatement delayed until the required certification is provided.

All leave benefits vary by title. Please consult with the Academic Personnel Office to confirm eligibility for benefits and privileges.

For general information the following links provide information relating to family medical leave:

University of California Family Medical Leave Fact Sheet and State of California, Department of Fair Employment and Housing "Notice B" Family Care and Medical Leave and Pregnancy Disability Leave.

See our FAQ page regarding leaves.