American University offers faculty and staff a number of leave opportunities.
Faculty fall, winter, and spring breaks
Faculty fall, winter, and spring breaks are based on the academic calendar in addition to university holidays and closures.
After six years of full-time teaching service, tenured faculty may take one semester (100 percent pay) or an academic year (50 percent pay) of sabbatical leave. Your benefits will continue, of course.
For significant scholarly, creative, or professional development opportunities funded by an award or other external source. We still will pay 10 percent of your salary and your benefits will continue.
Leave of Absence
A period of unpaid or reduced paid leave is available for research or other non-medical reasons. You can continue your benefits, including tuition benefits.
In the event of death of a spouse, domestic partner, child or parent, staff and library faculty may use up to 10 days of bereavement leave without having to draw upon accrued sick or annual leave.
In the event of death of a grandparent, sibling, parent or sibling of the staff member’s spouse or domestic partner, staff and library faculty may use up to 3 days of bereavement leave without having to draw upon accrued sick or annual leave.
Advise your supervisor that you will be out on bereavement leave and record your time out of the office as "Bereavement Leave" on your time sheet or leave report.
Absence with pay to perform summoned jury duty, or to appear in court as a subpoenaed witness, will not be charged against earned leave provided official documentation indicating the reasons and the period for the absence is submitted.
A staff member who spends not more than 15 calendar days during a calendar year in active duty training with Military Reserve or National Guard components of the Armed Forces of the United States will be granted a paid leave absence for such training when documented with appropriate time and attendance sheet.
Leave Without Pay
In unusual circumstances, a specified period of leave without pay may be granted by a supervisor with the approval of the department head. A full-time staff member granted leave without pay does not earn annual or sick leave while in that status.
When it can be shown to be in the best interests of the university, a staff member may be granted a “University Leave of Absence” without pay for a period up to one year from the last day of active service. This form of leave without pay does not guarantee re-employment; however, the employee may continue group insurance benefits by paying the full cost.