Ohio University

Parental Leave

The Parental Leave Program allows eligible employees 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.


Benefits-eligible faculty, administrators, non-bargaining and bargaining unit classified staff must have one year (12 months) of continuous service prior to the birth or adoption of the child to be eligible for parental leave.

Directions For Applying

  1. Speak with your supervisor/chair/director as soon as possible to allow her/him sufficient time to plan for your absence. 
  2. Fill out the FMLA Application Form and the Parental Leave Form.
  3. For unpaid time: If you are not taking accrued vacation or sick time, fill out the Unpaid Leave of Absence Request Form. Be sure to secure the appropriate approval. If you have any questions about unpaid leave please email uhr@ohio.edu.
  4. If you have elected to work part time during your parental leave, please complete the Parental Leave Part-Time Form.