UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH POLICY 02-11-03
CATEGORY: ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
SECTION: Faculty Leave Program
SUBJECT: Faculty Leave for Professional Enhancement
EFFECTIVE DATE: March 29, 1994
This policy establishes leave without pay for all faculty, regardless of a faculty member's
eligibility for a sabbatical, for the purpose of undertaking activities which are likely to
enhance the faculty member's teaching and research.
Leave Without Pay
The University provides a leave of absence without pay of up to a maximum of one year
for the purpose of professional enhancement. Special consideration for such leaves will
be given to junior faculty members who obtain nationally recognized fellowships or
prestigious temporary appointments at places such as other institutions, government, or
industry. The leave may be renewed with the appropriate approval.
Upon receipt of notification of the fellowship award or temporary appointment, a written
request for a leave of absence without pay should be submitted to the appropriate
department chairman. The request for a leave of absence must be approved by the
Provost, with the endorsement of the faculty member's department chairman and dean or
A leave of absence without pay will not prejudice a faculty member's salary. Depending
upon the recommendation of the dean or campus president, when a tenure stream faculty
member is granted a leave of absence, the term of the probationary appointment may be
extended and the period of the leave will not be counted as part of the term of probationary
period of service.
Continuation of Benefits
During the leave, the faculty member may elect to continue medical, life, and disability
insurance by continuing payment of the premium for the benefit for the duration of the
leave. The University will continue to pay its share of the premiums for any benefit the
faculty member decides to continue.
Participation in the University Retirement Program is suspended for the duration of the
leave. To reactivate participation upon return from the leave, the faculty member must
complete and submit the necessary forms to the Benefits Section of the Office of Human