Approved by: President
History: Issued
Revised --December 9, 2008
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Responsible Official: Provost tel. 202-319-5244


A member of a Faculty holding an appointment with continuous tenure may apply for sabbatical leave during every seventh year of full-time service at the University. Sabbatical leave is defined as a period devoted to research in fulfillment of the academic duty of contributing to the advancement of knowledge by research and by publication of scholarly works. The leave must be justified by its anticipated contribution to the faculty member's academic development and to the University aims, and will be granted only if it does not seriously impair the functioning of the Department or School.

Sabbatical leave may be granted for one semester at full salary or for two semesters at one-half salary, at the rate of the base annual salary. While on sabbatical leave, the faculty member may not engage in gainful employment beyond what is normally allowed during the academic year (cf. Faculty Handbook, III-E-1, Conflicts of Commitment).

An application for sabbatical leave, accompanied by a description of the project to be undertaken and endorsed by the cognizant Department Chair and Dean, must be submitted to the Provost no later than December 15 of the year preceding that for which leave is requested.

In those cases where the Department or School would be adversely affected, the Dean may require the faculty member to reschedule his or her sabbatical leave. Under such circumstances, the Dean can request the Provost grant an adjustment in the sabbatical schedule. If approved, a delay resulting from the rescheduling will not extend the calendar under which the faculty member becomes eligible to apply for subsequent sabbatical leaves.

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