Sabbatical Leaves of Absence

Purdue subscribes to a policy of granting sabbatical leave to faculty for the purpose of updating and strengthening their professional skills.  All tenured full-time faculty are eligible to apply for sabbatical leaves.  Granting of leaves is not automatic since it must be determined to be in the best interest of the department, college, and University for an individual to engage in a sabbatical leave.  Academic year faculty are eligible for sabbatical leaves of 1 semester at half pay after 6 semesters of service and 1 semester at full pay or 2 semesters at half pay after 12 semesters of service.  Fiscal year faculty are eligible for sabbatical leaves of 6 months at half pay after 3 years of service and for 6 months at full pay, or 12 months at half pay after 6 years of service.  Faculty members are entitled to supplement sabbatical year salaries with the limitation that they may not earn more than their budgeted salary for that year.  Following a sabbatical, faculty members must submit a report to the dean describing sabbatical year activities and must also return to the University for at least 1 complete year of service.  A faculty member who fails to return to the University following a sabbatical must reimburse the University for salary and benefits paid during the sabbatical year period.  Executive Memorandum B-11, “Sabbatical Leave of Absence” is the official University policy on sabbatical leaves of absence. The request for Sabbatical, Research Leave, Outside Activity Leave or Change in Duty Station (RLA Form) must be filed by the faculty member requesting a sabbatical.  It must be approved by the department head, dean, and president or his designee.

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