Leaves of Absence

The following briefly describes the types of leave currently available at Ohio University. For detailed information visit:

Parental Leave Program

The Parental Leave Program allows benefits-eligible faculty, administrators, and non-bargaining unit classified staff to take advantage of a total of 12 weeks of parental leave for a single event birth or adoption (single or multiple children). The university will pay for six weeks of parental leave at the employee's current salary rate. The other six weeks will be unpaid but can be covered by accrued vacation time and/or sick leave, if available and appropriate according to Ohio University guidelines.

To be eligible, an employee must have one year (12 months) of continuous service prior to the birth or adoption of the child.

For more information visit: http://www.ohio.edu/hr/benefits/parentalleave/index.cfm

Family and Medical Leave (FMLA)

The Family and Medical Leave Act was signed into effect as a federal law on August 5, 1993. The intent of FMLA is to allow employees to balance their work and family life by taking reasonable unpaid leave for certain family and medical reasons. THE FMLA seeks to accomplish these purposes in a manner that accommodates the legitimate interests of employers and minimizes the potential for employment discrimination on the basis of gender, while promoting equal employment opportunity for men and women.

Policy #40.054: Family and Medical Leave


Upon exhaustion of 6 months of unpaid family and medical leave employee will be placed on disability leave with reinstatement rights to same or similar position, no continuation of health benefits, may elect COBRA.  Click here for more information on disability benefits.


2 years (classified) and 1 year (administrative) of unpaid leave to further education, no health benefits, may elect COBRA


Unpaid leave in conjunction with unpaid FMLA not to exceed 6 months, for employee only, health benefits continue


Unpaid leave (beyond 176 hours or 22 days of paid leave) granted in accordance with state and federal laws to employees who are inducted or otherwise required to enter military service or active duty, health benefits continue if leave is by executive order

Policy #41.127: Military Leave for Classified Employees


6 months of unpaid leave for personal reasons, no health benefits, may elect COBRA

Policy #40.027: Personal Leave for Administrative Employees