Parental Leave Examples

Examples of application of University Policy 6-315 [formerly PPM 8-8.1], Faculty Parental Leaves of Absence, for all colleges other than the School of Medicine. Examples are provided for illustrative purposes only. They do not constitute any part of the University’s Parental Leave Policy.

Example 1

Consider a regular faculty member who expects to and does give birth to a child September 15 of the year in which she will undergo her fifth year retention review. Her department has a seven-year probationary period.

  • The woman is eligible to receive modified duties at 95% pay in the fall semester of that year as disability leave due a birth mother who delivers during the academic year.
  • Her fifth year retention review will take place as scheduled, as the child was both due and born after June 30.
  • The woman is eligible to extend the review timetable by one year under the parental leave policy, thereby extending the date of her tenure review by one year.
  • In this case, the woman should notify her department chair if she intends to seek modified duties in the fall semester as soon as possible, but no later than June 15, three months prior to the expected birth of the child. She may request an extension to her review timetable at the same time, or at any time up to December 15, three months after the arrival of her child. 

Example 2

Consider a regular faculty member with whom an infant is placed for adoption on June 15 of the year in which he will undergo his fifth year review. He plans to serve as the primary caregiver of the child until the end of the fall semester. His department has a even-year probationary period. This is his first application for parental leave. 

  • The man is eligible to receive modified duties at 95% pay in the fall semester of that year as the primary caregiver of a newly placed child under the age of six.
  • In this case, the man should notify his department chair that he intends to seek modified duties in the fall semester as soon as possible, but no later than March 15, three months prior to the expected birth of the child. (This may not be possible in the case of adoption, where adoptive parents may not receive three months’ notice.) He may request an extension to his review timetable at the same time, or at any time up to September 15, three months after the arrival of his child.
  • He is eligible to extend the review timetable by one year under the parental leave policy, as the child was placed with him for adoption before June 30. 

< If he makes the request to extend the review timetable before external reviewers are solicited, he may postpone his fifth year review by one year, as the child was expected to and/or did arrive before June 30. The tenure review will take place two years after the date of his fifth year review.

< If he makes the request to extend the review table after external reviewers are solicited or other action is taken to begin a formal review, his fifth year review will occur at the scheduled time, but his tenure review will be extended by one year.