B. Leaves of Absence

Following faculty practice, a professional researcher or professional specialist wishing to be absent from the campus for a period of time during his/her normal duty period should discuss well in advance with his/her department chair or immediate supervisor the need for the absence and possible arrangements to fulfill the member's responsibilities. Following such a conversation, the department chair or program or project leader should write to the dean of the faculty, explaining the circumstances and requesting approval for the proposed absence. Except where noted, in general, benefits-eligible staff members who have regular appointments of at least 50% duty time for five months or more and who have completed a minimum of one year of service are eligible for leaves of absence.