Modified Teaching Duties for Faculty Members with a New Child

Effective through April 15, 2016

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The University's sick leave policy provides employees with a paid leave plan for disability due to pregnancy and related medical conditions, childbirth or adoption. However, the difficulties involved when a faculty member is responsible for semester-long teaching responsibilities during a sick leave period may effectively preclude its full utilization. To enable a faculty member to recover fully from the effects of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions or to enable the primary caregiver of a new child to spend more time with the child immediately after birth or adoption, except in extraordinary circumstances, upon request tenured and tenure track faculty members will be granted a period of modified duties without a reduction in salary. Faculty members on modified duties status will be relieved of teaching but will be expected to fulfill their other professional responsibilities that can be scheduled around the recuperation/bonding period (e.g., preparation of research proposals, papers, and course materials; supervision of graduate student research). The maximum period for which modified duties will be assigned is one semester.

The department shall be responsible for arranging for coverage of direct teaching responsibilities for the period of modified duties.


A faculty member who wishes to request modified duties status should contact her or his department head. Informing the department head as early as possible will allow time to identify alternate staff to teach the affected courses. All requests for modified duties status should be submitted in writing to the department head who will approve the request and forward it to the dean of the college. After approval by the dean, copies should be sent to the faculty member, the department head, and Academic Human Resources.

Further questions concerning this policy should be directed to the Office of Academic Human Resources, 333-6747.