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Leaves of Absence—General

Policy Information

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Last Revised Date: 
January, 2017
Policy Number: 
UHAP 8.04.01
Responsible Unit: 
Division of Human Resources
(520) 621-3660


Employees requesting a leave of absence without pay must submit a letter to their department heads indicating the reason for the leave and the leave schedule. Department heads are to forward their recommendations through the appropriate dean and vice president to the Provost for written approval. The Provost's decision is based on the merit of a request and on certification by the department head and dean involved that the employee's absence will not jeopardize normal operations.

In general, leaves are granted for a maximum period of one year. However, a leave may be renewed, at the discretion of the Provost, if a renewal request is filed 30 days prior to the expiration of the leave. During an approved leave of absence without pay, employees may continue health benefits by paying the employee premiums for any such benefits, for up to one year for medical-related leaves and up to six months for nonmedical-related leaves. Continuation of coverage after these periods is available through the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA).

Templates for leave requests are available online as follows.

Revision History*

January 2017, continuing insurance by paying employee and employer premiums changed to employee-only premiums per ABOR guidance.

August 19, 2015 coordination with FML added.

May 18, 2015, service credit statement added

* Please note that sections titled Frequently Asked Questions, Related Information, and Revision History are provided solely for the convenience of users and are not part of the official University policy.