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Modified Duties for Faculty

Purpose: To provide full-time faculty with some relief from academic duties and the opportunity to respond to anticipated or unanticipated life events or situations when needed.

Eligibility: All full-time tenured, tenure-track, clinical or research faculty members, librarians, instructors and lecturers of either gender. Eligibility begins on date of hire.

Full-time faculty members are eligible for a modified duties semester which may occur during the fall or spring semester of an academic year. Alternatively, the equivalent of one semester of modifi ed duties may be distributed over two semesters.

Option A: Automatic in cases of childbirth or adoption
  • Notification using Modified Duties Semester form and documentation required
    (Letters of request and certification documents should not include any specific information regarding medical history of the faculty member or a family member, including specific manifestation of diseases and disorders.)
  • Birth/adoptive mother or primary caregiver is released from onsite duties such as classroom teaching, clinical field placement, teaching, research or clinical laboratory duties, on-site librarian duties, student advising and committee work
  • Birth/adoptive father or secondary caregiver duties defined in consultation with academic unit head; may include partial or complete release from onsite duties
  • Not required to take modified duties

Option B: Requested in other circumstances
  • Request, justification and documentation required
    (Letters of request and certification documents should not include any specific information regarding medical history of the faculty member or a family member, including specific manifestation of diseases and disorders.)
  • Modified duties defined in consultation with academic unit head with the expectation that the needs of the faculty member will be met

Basic Principles
  • Modified duties designed to provide sufficient time and flexibility for faculty to respond to his/her personal or family circumstances as necessary
  • In case of birth or adoption, modified duties must be concluded within 12 months of life event. Faculty members are still eligible if life event occurs during summer months
  • Faculty not required to "bank" duties: courses, advising, committee work, etc.
  • Unit should provide reasonable resources to facilitate modified duties
  • Faculty should notify the department chair or dean as appropriate four months prior to modified semester or as early as possible
  • Faculty should not be penalized for using this policy
  • Faculty may appeal denial of modified duties semester request to the Provost
  • Policy does not replace FMLA, other leave or long-term disability

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