Chapter 5. Sabbaticals, Leaves, and Buy-outs
Leaves of Absence
The University of Missouri system's policies on leaves of absence are included in the UM Collected Rules and Regulations, Section 340.020
and in the UM Human Resources Policy Manual, HR 408
Sabbatical is available to regular faculty after six or more years of service and to non-regular faculty in special circumstances. See Collected Rules and Regulations, Section 340.070.
Research leave is available to regular faculty, including junior faculty, with established scholarly, artistic, or research records and to non-regular faculty in special circumstances. Faculty are encouraged to fund research leaves with external grants, and to build salary for the research leave into grant budgets. See Collected Rules and Regulations, Section 340.080
Development leave is available to regular faculty and to non-regular academic staff to pursue personal, professional, instructional, or administrative development. Administrators and other nonacademic staff may also be eligible for development leave. See the Collected Rules and Regulations, Section 340.090, and the Human Resources Manual, HR 406.
Leave for Legal Proceedings
Any staff member, academic and non-academic, who is served with a subpoena to appear as a witness in any legal proceedings shall promptly report such service to his or her immediate supervisor, giving the date that the staff member will be required to be absent from his duties and the probable length of time that he will be required to be absent. The staff member shall thereupon be excused from his duties for the reasonable time required to answer such subpoena. See the Collected Rules and Regulations, Section 340.120, and HR 410.
Work-Incurred Injury or Illness
All academic and non-academic employees of the university, both full-time and part-time, (including student employees) are extended coverage. See the Collected Rules and Regulations, Section 340.130 and HR 410.
Military leave is granted to any full-time, part-time, probationary, or permanent employee who serves on a voluntary or involuntary basis in the Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard, National Guard, or any reserve component. See HR 405. Students who are called to active duty are covered under the Call-up of Reservists policy.
Regular and most non-regular academic staff members are not eligible for sick leave as covered under the Collected Rules and Regulations, Section 340.030 and HR 404. They may instead request a personal leave or may participate in the Family and Medical Leave Act, HR 407, should they choose.
External Grant Funded
When applying for external grants, faculty are strongly encouraged to buy-out their grant work effort/time with grant agency funds, except when agency policy forbids this practice. Faculty need to discuss buy-out rates and specific policies with the department chair and dean, when appropriate.
Internal Grant Funded
Some internal grants allow faculty to use grant funds to buy-out courses. To learn the policies and course replacement buy-out rates for different grant programs consult the Office of Research Administration (314) 516-5897.
Reduced Teaching and Clinical Duties
Policies on reduced teaching for research, clinical duties, or other university work vary from college to college. Faculty can consult the department chair and may also want to discuss their college policy with the dean.