Family Care Leave

A regular faculty member with at least two years of service may apply for up to a semester of family care leave, to care for a dependent child under the age of 12 months, or to care for a member of his/her immediate family who suffers from a serious medical or psychological condition, as documented by an appropriate physician.

After two years of service at the University, a regular faculty member may be granted a family care leave. The Family Care Leave policy is intended to be flexible to meet the needs of both the faculty member and the University. It is expected that the faculty member will make arrangements as far in advance as possible, to limit the interruption of University activities. Written application for family care leave should be made to the Dean, to be forwarded to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Final approval of any leave rests with the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

A faculty member may be granted a family care leave to care for a dependent child under the age of 12 months, or to care for a member of his/her immediate family who suffers from a serious medical or psychological condition, as documented by an appropriate physician. This leave will be granted for up to a full semester (or equivalent), for full salary less the actual amount necessary to staff the position with part-time per course replacement personnel. This leave may be taken immediately after a short-term disability leave due to maternity, after the disability ceases, or after an paternal and adoption leave (see Section 2.20.4). Written application may be made to the Dean for extension of the family care leave or a leave without pay.

A faculty member on family care leave may accept fees without special approval for a few lectures or a few business days consulting. However, no substantial work for remuneration should be undertaken without prior approval of the Dean and the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

A faculty member on family care leave will be considered eligible for rank and tenure considerations, with no breaks in service and will return to the same position in the same department with responsibilities similar to those held prior to the leave, unless the position is no longer available [refer to section 2.15.2.2 regarding processes for termination of faculty]. All non-contributory insurance coverages will remain in place for the duration of the leave. The faculty member is required to continue contributions to those coverages (dependent health, basic and/or voluntary retirement, etc.) for which contributions are normally required, if coverage is desired.