Parental Leave for Full-Time Faculty and Senior Lecturers
Parental leave is considered leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), a federal law permitting up to twelve weeks total of unpaid leave per year, for which one is eligible after at least twelve months of employment at the University.
For a full-time faculty member or senior lecturer who:
- Gives birth, adopts a child, or has a spouse or University-registered domestic or civil union partner who gives birth, and
- Is or will be the parent responsible for the majority of the child care,
The University allows, without regard to the start date of employment, the faculty member or senior lecturer to have a one-quarter paid leave and to reduce the total annual teaching load if that load is at least three full courses.
Procedure for Full-time Faculty and Senior Lecturers
The faculty member or senior lecturer may request one quarter of paid leave as well as course relief. If the faculty member or senior lecturer’s annual course load at the time of the request is between three and five full courses per year, one course may be relieved; if six or more full courses per year, two courses may be relieved. No further course reduction is available under this policy. Courses that the eligible faculty member or senior lecturer is scheduled to teach during the quarter in which the leave falls are not forgiven by the leave itself and must be rescheduled in consultation with the germane academic leader (section chief, master, department chair, institute director or dean), or be part of the applicable course relief.
The faculty member or senior lecturer should discuss leave and course reduction plans with the germane academic leader a minimum of three months before the proposed leave or course reduction in order to permit time for review and approval of the requested arrangement. Parental leave also requires the prior endorsement of the Office of the Director or Dean and the approval of the Office of the Provost.
All leaves and course reductions must be taken within one year of the arrival of the child. A faculty member or senior lecturer preferring to take a leave without course reduction, a course reduction without leave, or only one course reduction even if two are available may do so.
Where both parents are members of the faculty and/or senior lecturers, each may have a quarter’s leave. Each parent may request course relief in accordance with their respective annual course load and this policy. Parents in the same academic unit or program of study should plan the sequencing of their leaves and course reductions in consultation with the germane academic leader.