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Chapter 5
Leaves of Absence

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Academic Leaves Without Pay

Academic leaves without pay, distinct from unpaid personal leaves (described later in this chapter), require approval from the department chair and the dean. This type of leave can be used in cases when the faculty member is engaged in professional activities, such as a fellowship, on behalf of Tufts. This leave may or may not be externally funded.

Usually they are not granted for consecutive periods longer than one academic year. An applicant for an academic leave without pay must request that the time be so counted on the application. Faculty members who take this form of leave are expected to remain at Tufts in a full-time teaching capacity for at least one year following the leave.

The letter from the dean to the applicant approving the leave without pay represents a commitment by both the university and the faculty member. Therefore, changes to plans for the leave require the written consent of both parties.

If a leave without pay is granted for the year in which a tenure-stream faculty member would have been reviewed for the award of tenure, that year normally counts as part of the probationary period, and the review takes place during the leave.

If a faculty member is granted a leave without pay during his/her terminal year at Tufts, the granting of the leave does not extend the appointment beyond the original termination date of the contract.

Multiyear Academic Leaves of Absence (School of Arts and Sciences)

With the permission of his/her Dean of Academic Affairs, a faculty member may combine multiple types of academic leaves of absence.

With permission of his/her Dean of Academic Affairs, a faculty member may take an uninterrupted academic leave for up to 6 semesters, but must return to full-time teaching in the year immediately after the leave in order to retain his/her employment at Tufts.

With permission of his/her Dean of Academic Affairs, a faculty member may take a leave of one semester per academic year for up to five academic years, but must return to full-time teaching in the year immediately after the leave in order to retain his/her employment at Tufts.