Recognizing the need for faculty members (academic, administrative, and professional) to be free to pursue research and scholarship and to fulfill family, personal, or other obligations, the University allows both unpaid and partial paid leave, (depending on circumstances). With the exception of leave taken under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, faculty members must submit a request to their supervisor and obtain required approvals. A leave request will be considered case-by-case, and based on the needs of the department or unit. A leave of absence, whether full or partial, will not be granted for longer than two consecutive years, (except for exceptional circumstances).
Leave Without Pay is approved, unpaid absence from UVA of up to two consecutive years; availability of benefits depends on the type of leave.
Leave With Partial Pay is an approved, temporary reduction of a faculty member’s workload - accompanied by a commensurate reduction in salary (for example, a faculty member who is approved for half-time leave retains approximately half of his/her regular responsibilities for a specified period of time, during which he/she receives 50% of his/her salary). A faculty member on leave with partial pay usually retains full-time benefits, including health insurance, (although the employer’s retirement contribution during leave will vary depending on the type of leave). For most types of leave with partial pay, the reduced salary must be sufficient to allow for payroll deductions (ex.: healthcare) of the employee’s share of the health insurance premium.