Recommended by the Commission on Faculty Affairs
Approved by University Council: April 15, 1985
Approved by the President: April 15, 1985
Because faculty members sometimes elect to take study-research leaves for periods of less than one year, the Commission on Faculty Affairs developed this resolution to provide that, if a sequence of short study-research leaves is undertaken, all intervening periods of full-time appointment at the University will accrue toward the minimum service required before consideration for another study-research leave. The resolution, as adopted by University Council under the title "Study-Research Leaves," follows:
WHEREAS, University policy permits faculty to take study-research leave for periods less than one full year, and
WHEREAS, under present policy a faculty member who has elected to take leave in shorter periods is required to complete six years at full service following the completion of his or her leave program before being eligible for another year's leave, and
WHEREAS, under present policy the faculty member does not earn credit toward future study-research leave during those periods of service that are interspersed with shorter periods of full leave during an ongoing program, and
WHEREAS, these interspersed periods at full service should earn such credit,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Section 2.12.2 of the FACULTY HANDBOOKshould be amended as follows:
In paragraph 4, replace the 2nd sentence ("Following completion. . .for another study-research leave.") by:
If such a sequence of leaves is undertaken, all intervening periods of full-time appointment at Virginia Tech will accrue toward the six-year minimum service required before consideration of a proposal for another study-research leave or sequence of leaves.
Add a 5th paragraph:
Alternatively, following completion of any study-research leave, members may propose a single quarter of study-research leave at halfsalary following two years of full-time service to the University, or two-quarter leave following four years of such service. These "partially earned" leaves are not eligible for added subvention through private funds as may be made available by the University, under the authorization of the Board of Visitors outlined above.
President's Policy Memorandum