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Effective date: July 1, 1999.
Revised: November 19, 2014
Availability of Parental Leave
When a full-time faculty member who is tenured or tenure-track, or that faculty member’s spouse or domestic partner, becomes the parent of a child, either by childbirth or by placement of a child for adoption, the faculty member shall, upon written request to his or her Department Chair or Dean, be entitled to a parental leave of one semester as described in section 3. The request should be made as soon as reasonably possible after the need for a leave becomes known, in order to minimize the administrative burden of ensuring adequate course coverage.
If a faculty member and his or her spouse or domestic partner would otherwise both be eligible for parental leave under this Policy, either one, but not both, may take the leave provided in section 3. However, under such circumstances the faculty member who is not eligible for leave under this policy may, upon notice to the Dean, elect that his or her own tenure probationary clock be paused during his or her spouse’s or domestic partner’s leave, consistent with Section IV.B.2 of the Washington University Policy on Academic Freedom, Responsibility, and Tenure and section 5 of this policy.
Any agreement for a parental leave under this Policy shall be in writing. The agreement shall include a certification by the faculty member that the purpose of the leave will be to serve as the primary caregiver for that child during the period of leave or to recapture time spent as the primary caregiver during the preceding summer. The agreement should also describe the relationship between the parental leave provided under the Policy and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) as set forth in section 7.
Salary, Benefits and Responsibilities During Leave
A faculty member who takes parental leave under this Policy shall receive the same salary and benefits that he or she would have received that semester if not on leave, and shall be relieved of his or her normal duties and responsibilities during the period of leave as follows:
At the option of the faculty member, the parental leave provided by this Policy may be taken during the semester in which the child is born or placed for adoption, or during any subsequent semester that begins no later than six months after the birth or adoption. For purposes of this section, each semester shall run from the first day of classes to the last day of classes.
Effect on Probationary Period
Any parental leave taken under this Policy shall be in addition to any leave granted because of medical incapacitation.
The benefits afforded faculty under this Policy are intended to be consistent and not in conflict with rights afforded under the FMLA. Any leave taken under this Policy, to the extent that it also qualifies for FMLA leave, is intended to count as FMLA leave, and the written agreement should clearly state that intention. If a faculty member elects to take parental leave pursuant to the FMLA, his or her Department Chair or Dean may require the faculty member to substitute the paid leave provided in the Policy during the period the faculty member has designated as FMLA leave, and this requirement should be confirmed in writing.
The parental leave provided under this Policy is intended to describe the minimum level of benefits available for faculty members to whom it applies. Nothing in this Policy shall be construed to prevent a Department Chair or Dean from extending leave or other benefits more generous than provided in this Policy in order to accommodate the family needs of an individual faculty member.