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Leave Policies

An academic appointee is considered to be on a leave of absence any time they take 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.

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 or pregnancy disability, must provide a return to work certification. An appointee who fails to provide a return to work certification may have their 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.

Questions: Contact Esmeralda Martinez at or the Acadmemic Personnel Office at

General Information on Leaves for Academics

Please refer to the applicable policy section in the APM as listed below.

APM 700  Leaves of Absence/General

APM 710  Leaves of Absence/Sick Leave/Medical Leave

APM 711  Reasonable Accommodation for Academic Appointees with Disabilities

APM 715  Leaves of Absence/Family and Medical Leave

APM 720  Leaves of Absence/Holidays

APM 730  Leaves of Absence/Vacation

APM 740  Leaves of Absence/Sabbatical Leaves

APM 750  Leaves of Absence/Leave for Service to Government Agencies

APM 751  Leaves of Absence/Military Leave

APM 752  Leaves of Absence/Leave to attend Professional Meeting or Other University Business

APM 758  Leaves of Absence/Other Leaves with Pay

APM 759  Leaves of Absence/Other Leaves without Pay

APM 760  Leaves of Absence/Childbearing Leave, Parental Leave, and Active Service-Modified Duties

Contract Employees

Academic employees under collective bargaining agreements should consult their Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) pertaining to their title.

Please refer to the applicable Bargaining Units & Contracts.

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 Family Care and Medical Leave (CFRA Leave) and Pregnancy Disability Leave

See our FAQ page regarding leaves.