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I. An Assistant Professor on the tenure track or an untenured Associate Professor on the tenure track who becomes the parent of a child by birth or adoption at least nine months prior to the date on which the University is required to make promotion notification will automatically be granted a one-year extension of the current term appointment for each pregnancy or adoption if the faculty member has equal or primary care giving responsibilities. A faculty member may elect to opt out of the automatic term extension granted for childbirth or adoption. This policy applies to both men and women and includes same-sex, registered domestic partners.

The Assistant Professor or Associate Professor should notify the appropriate Dean, Director, or (in the case of the Divisions) Department Chair of the birth or adoption within six months of the arrival of the child. The Dean should notify the Provost's Office immediately afterward so that proper records for the promotion case are maintained, whether the extension is taken or not. Chairs, deans, directors, and the Provost’s Office appreciate advance notice whenever possible.

In the case of twins or other multiple births, a one-year (not multi-year) extension is provided.

When both parents are members of the faculty and both share equally in care giving responsibilities, both will be granted a one-year extension as described.

II. An untenured tenure-track faculty member may request a one-time term extension for other reasons, such as to care for a sick or disabled immediate family member or to attend to his or her personal illness or disability. Requests to “stop the clock” should be in writing, addressed to the appropriate Dean, Director, or (in the case of the Divisions) Department Chair as soon as the circumstances justifying the request are known. All such requests will be granted at the discretion of the appropriate Dean with the approval of the Provost.

An Assistant Professor on the clinical scholar or undifferentiated track, tracks that are being phased out, is also eligible.

 

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Effective: 1 July 2009
Last revised: 9 June 2016