PPM Section 13 -
Professional development leave paid
(for exempt staff only)
This professional development leave is intended for the mutual benefit of the University and
the person granted such a leave. It should assist exempt staff members to improve their performance
by providing for a period of concentrated scholarly work, research, or other professional development.
- Exempt administrative personnel shall be eligible for professional development leaves.
- A paid professional development leave shall be granted only after the completion of
four (4) years service in the current position. Service to other units within the University
will not be accepted in determining eligibility for this leave. Further, four (4) full
years of continuous service must have expired since the completion of a previous professional
leave before a staff member is eligible for another such leave.
- Years of service shall count from the date of full-time appointment in the professional
position currently held.
- A paid professional development leave is not an automatic benefit and must have the
approval of the appropriate vice president.
- A paid professional development leave application must include a written proposal describing
in detail the activity proposed.
Length of leave
The leave shall be limited to three (3) full months duration and will exclude the vacation
period due the staff member in the fiscal year of the leave.
Compensation and other income
There shall be no reduction in pay during the paid professional development leave. Recipients
of leaves are permitted to receive money for approved study or research without prejudice
to their receipt of income, provided that the total remuneration from all other sources does
not exceed that received from the University. The professional development leave may not be
used to accept paid employment during the period of the leave.
Benefits and seniority during leave
Because an employee on a paid professional development leave remains on the active payroll,
seniority continues to accrue and the employee continues to be eligible for all payroll-driven
benefits without interruption.
Health, life, and long-term disability insurance are continued while an employee is on a paid
professional development leave, under the same terms and conditions as when the employee was
on active duty.
Recipients of a paid professional development leave return to the position they held prior
to the leave.
Return to work requirements
- The recipient of a paid professional development leave is required to return to the
University for a full year of employment after completion of the leave.
- Within thirty (30) days after returning from the professional development leave, the
staff member will submit a concise written report of his/her leave activities to his/her
supervisor and the appropriate vice president.
Procedure professional development leave
paid (for exempt staff only)