Leaves other than sabbaticals

Regular faculty are entitled to a number of leaves—and you really can take them

What you need to know

  • Your benefits continue during your leave.

  • You get an extension on your tenure clock for one year with parental leaves (just request this from your dean). Extensions are also possible for other leaves.

  • FAUW can help you navigate any kind of leave from the start (or decide if a leave is right for you); don't wait until you run into problems.

What you're entitled to

This is a quick overview. Get more detail at the links provided here and in the "where to find information" section.

Where to find information


Other resources

Who to talk to

  • Human Resources, for questions about what you’re entitled to and impacts on your pension and benefits.
  • Occupational Health, to discuss sick leave or adjustments to your work requirements or environment. (Get to know OH nurse Linda Brogden on our blog.)

  • Your chair or director, for discussions about scheduling.

  • FAUW, if you have concerns or want to discuss the impacts of a leave on your academic life.

FAUW's advice

  • Take your leaves when you need them, and don’t worry about how they affect your department or the University. The financial impact of your leaves is covered by the central administration (e.g. your department still receives your full salary while you're on parental leave), and changes to teaching or service commitments are your chair's responsibility. It's not your job to replace yourself.

  • Make sure that you check in with your chair or departmental administrator about how to handle:

    • Extending research grants

    • Accommodations in your performance review (note that, depending on the type of leave and how long it is, you might not need to fill your performance review form out at all).

    • Delegating signing authority to a colleague on campus

    • Student supervision

  • You can have a temporarily reduced workload immediately following a parental leave.

  • Offered a new position somewhere else? Take an unpaid leave rather than resigning right away while you test it out.