Policy Statement
When a benefits-eligible faculty member or other academic appointee (OAA) loses a family member, the individual may request time off for bereavement leave by contacting the section chief, department chair, collegiate master, institute director, or dean1. As with all leave requests, the Office of the Provost must also approve bereavement leave.
 
Bereavement Leave for the Death of a Spouse, University-registered Domestic Partner, or Child
In the event of the death of a spouse, University-registered domestic partner, or child, an eligible academic appointee may take up to 20 paid workdays (four workweeks) of bereavement leave. Bereavement leave for the death of a spouse, University-registered domestic partner, or child need not be taken on consecutive workdays and must be taken within one year of the death.
 
For the purposes of this policy, “child” means an eligible academic appointee’s biological, adopted, or foster child; a stepchild; a legal ward; or a child for whom the academic appointee is standing in loco parentis (in the place of a parent).
 
Bereavement Leave for the Death of Other Family Members
In the event of the death of an academic appointee’s parent or foster parent, sibling, stepparent, grandparent, grandchild, or child or parent of the appointee’s spouse/University-registered domestic partner, the individual may take up to five consecutive workdays of bereavement leave. A request for such time off should be made of the section chief, department chair, collegiate master, institute director, or dean promptly after the death.
 
Additional Time Off for Bereavement
Consideration will be given to requests for additional time for bereavement and to bereavement leave in the event of the death of a person not bearing one of the relationships listed above.
 

1. In the case of an OAA who is represented by Service Employees International Union Local 73, requests should be directed to the immediate supervisor.
 
Dated: 26 April 2018
Last Updated: 3 January 2019