Educational leave is the release from job duties required of a full-time employee in order for the employee to participate in activities designed to further his/her education.With Pay
The college may use state funds to pay salaries for professional personnel while on educational leave, provided the leave meets all of the following conditions:
Special funds may be used to provide educational leave. For the purpose of this policy, special funds are defined as other than state funds. Expenditure of special funds for educational leave is governed by the same policies that apply to the expenditure of state funds. In some instances, prior approval must be granted by the funding source. Educational leave with payment from special funds is subject to the same conditions as those that apply to educational leave using state funds. Financial support may be made in the form of payment of salary, registration fees, books, travel, and/or subsistence.
Educational leave without pay for educational purposes may be granted by the president and the Board. The college cannot guarantee the position held by the individual at the commencement of educational leave. If the same position is available, the individual is assigned to that position. If a position at a comparable level for which the individual is qualified is available, the individual may be considered for that position. If the individual is not employed by the college, assistance is provided in seeking employment elsewhere. Certain employee benefits that pertain to educational leave without pay may be negotiated with the college by the employee. The individual must return to state service as a member of the Retirement System within 12 months after the end of the leave and complete three consecutive years of service after returning to duty, or it will be necessary to repay the college the prorated amount paid for retirement. Individuals who are interested in the effect of educational leave without pay upon retirement benefits should contact the Retirement System for more details. Requests for educational leave must be submitted through the appropriate supervisor to the president for approval.
Adopted: March 19, 1985
Revised: July 20, 2010