Time Off

Family and Medical Leave (FMLA)

In compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), employees who have been employed for at least 12 cumulative months (which may involve one or more periods of employment) and who have worked at least 1,250 hours during the 12-month period immediately preceding the commencement of leave are eligible for family or medical leave. Paid time off does not contribute to this total. Full details regarding Family and Medical Leave, including information on eligibility, procedures and forms are contained in section 4.2.11 of the Faculty/Staff Handbook

Jury Duty

All exempt and regular full-time hourly employees will be granted leave with pay for jury or other legal duty only when subpoenaed for such service. A copy of the official orders must be submitted to the immediate supervisor to whom the employee is responsible. Faculty members must make arrangements for the teaching of their classes, and staff members must report daily to work before and after jury duty when time permits. Staff members must also obtain confirmation from court of actual jury attendance and submit it attached to their timecards/exempt cards to receive jury duty pay. Payment will not exceed 8 hours per day.

Compensation received for jury duty in excess of 30 days must be submitted to the cashier since the employee is already receiving full pay from the University.

Sick Leave

Faculty are allowed short-term sick leave, as approved by the school dean, Provost, and President when a replacement is not required to cover teaching responsibilities or a short-term replacement is agreed on.

Full-time, exempt and hourly paid staff accumulate sick leave at the rate of on-half day per month for the first year of service and one day per month after the first year, up to a maximum of 60 days (480 hours). Accrued sick leave may be used when the employee is ill or injured, or for absences caused by illness or injury in the immediate family.

The complete policy on faculty and staff sick leave is contained in section 4.2.4 of the Faculty/Staff Handbook


Full-time eleven or twelve-month staff accrue discretionary vacation benefits each pay period beginning with the first paycheck, to a maximum of one and one-half times the total annual discretionary vacation allowance. The rate at which vacation time is accrued varies depending on the employee's years of cumulative full-time service. Unused days beyond an employee's maximum will be forfeited without pay.

Full-time faculty are expected to serve and be available for the full term of their contract. Holidays are observed in accordance with the academic calendar. Vacations or other off time during the period of service will be clearly spelled out in the contract.

The complete policy on faculty and staff paid vacation is contained in sections 4.2.1 and 4.2.2 of the Faculty/Staff Handbook

Staff Holidays and Christmas Vacation 2017

Holiday Date Observed
New Year's Day January 2, Monday
Martin Luther King Day January 16, Monday
Good Friday April 14, Friday
Memorial Day May 29, Monday
Independence Day July 4, Tuesday
Thanksgiving November 23-24, Thursday and Friday
Christmas, New Years, Non-discretionary Vacation December 21, 5pm - January 1, returning Tuesday, January 2, 2018