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Division of Human Resources

Sick Leave

When it comes to taking time away from work, nobody likes to be sick. But by providing you with the support to properly care for yourself and your loved ones, we hope that you will be a healthier and happier employee!

Sick leave provides employees time off for personal illness, medical appointments, or to care for sick members of their immediate family. Up to 10 days of available sick leave may be used each year for the illness of an immediate family member. 

Please remember, employees should always obtain supervisory approval before taking any time away from work. All sick leave must be reported through the University’s time and attendance management system (ITAMS) or other applicable time recording system. For more information about entering time, or for additional details about sick leave, please visit the Policies and Procedures section of this site.


Sick leave is granted to full-time and part-time employees in full-time equivalent (FTE) positions who are either scheduled to work at least one-half the workweek on a 12-month basis or are scheduled to work the equivalent of one-half the workweek during the full academic year of nine months or more. Employees in research grant or time-limited positions are eligible for sick leave, if it is allowed by the grant. 


Full-time employees in FTE positions earn sick leave at the rate of 1¼ work days per month (or 15 days per year). Part-time employees in FTE positions earn sick leave on a pro-rata basis.

Generally, employees may accumulate up to a maximum of 195 days of sick leave each calendar year, but no more than 180 days may be carried into a new calendar year. 


When you leave the university, any unused sick leave is generally forfeited at separation from employment. If you transfer to another qualifying agency, your leave may be transferred to that agency as long as there is no break in service. Grant funded or time-limited employees may not transfer theirs to other qualifying agencies.

If you are preparing to leave the University, please review the Separation section of this site for more information, including a checklist and exit interview instructions.