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Senate Faculty Leave

Senate Faculty Members

Provided below is general information for Senate faculty members. Additional information is provided in Section V of the Academic Personnel Manual.

Sick Leave
Faculty members do not accrue sick leave. However, eligible faculty members shall be granted paid medical leave for periods of personal illness, injury, or disability in accordance with APM-710

Family and Medical Leave
In accordance with applicable State and Federal law, family and medical leave provides eligible appointees with entitlements to leave, continuance of health plan coverage as if on pay status, and reinstatement rights. Eligible academic appointees are entitled to take family and medical leave with paid or unpaid options (as set forth in APM - 715-20). Academic appointees taking family and medical leave as a block leave shall be relieved of all assigned duties during that period and are not to perform any University work. When family and medical leave is taken intermittently or on a reduced schedule, work assignments shall be adjusted due to the appointee’s reduction in time worked during that period. Full Family Medical Leave policy APM-715

Vacation
Academic personnel appointed on an academic-year basis are expected to be in residence from the day designated in the University Calendar as the opening of the Fall term throughthe end of the Spring term. Academic-year appointees do not accrue vacation leave. Full Vacation policy APM-730

Sabbatical
A sabbatical leave is a special university privilege. A faculty member is (partially) paid while on sabbatical for a period of intense scholarly activity and intellectual renewal. According to University of California policy, a faculty member must not engage in substantial non-scholarly activity during a sabbatical leave. This includes receiving payment from another institution to teach or to perform consulting (the latter is being revisited, with the likely outcome that "normal" constraints on outside consulting will be enforced, i.e., no more than one day per week, etc.). In particular, it is inappropriate to use a sabbatical to engage in significant commercial activity such as a new business formation. Full Sabbatical policy APM-740

Government Service
This typically involves the government's Interagency Personnel Act (IPA), under which university employees are paid their normal salary to serve in government through a contract let between the government and their home institution. While on leave for government service, the faculty member continues to gain years of service for the university's retirement program, but does not accrue semester credits towards sabbaticals. Full Goverment Service policy APM-750

Leave to Attend Professional Meeting or Other University Business
An appointee may be granted a leave with pay to attend a professional meeting or for University business of seven calendar days or less. Completion of leave request is not required for seven calendar days or less. If the leave is for more than seven days, the rules in APM-758 and 759 apply. Full leave policy to attend professional meeting or other University business APM-752

Other Leaves - with or without pay
Leaves with or without pay may be granted to academic appointees. Such leaves should not exceed one year in length and shall not extend beyond June 30 of the academic year in which the leave is granted. In certain cases, exceptions may be granted to be on a leaves of absence with or without pay for more than one year.

Full policies found here:

Other Leaves with Pay APM-758 

  • Paid leave for good cause
  • Bereavement Leave
  • Jury Duty Leave
  • Administrative Leave in Lieu of Sabbatical

Other Leaves without Pay APM-759

Industrial Leave without Pay
This is when a faculty member goes to work for an outside commercial entity for a limited time period. It is the appropriate way to engage in business formation if a faculty member's outside activities exceed the one day per week guideline as established by university policy. Faculty members have also taken leave without pay to accept payment for teaching and administrative duties at other institutions of higher learning. NOTE: leaves without pay have implications for the individual's retirement. It is the responsibility of faculty members to understand these implications before requesting such a leave.

Do you have questions about leaves/eligibilty or would like to schedule a meeting?

Contact Esmeralda Martinez at emartinez35@ucmerced.edu or the Acadmemic Personnel Office at academicpersonnel@ucmerced.edu.