Personal and Professional Leaves of Absence

All faculty unit employees shall be eligible to submit an application for a leave of absence without pay for a specific purpose and length of time, such as one semester or one year. Leaves of absence without pay may be granted for up to 2 years, with extensions granted for up to 1 year at a time.

Note: Employees should familiarize themselves with the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the CSU Board of Trustees and their respective bargaining unit when reading the following overview of unpaid personal and professional leave programs (Article 22, Leaves of Absence Without Pay).

  • Personal leave of absence without pay may be for purposes of unpaid sick leave, outside employment, or other purposes of a personal nature.
  • Professional leave of absence without pay may be for purposes of research, advanced study, professional development or other purposes of benefit to the campus. Professional leaves shall be considered totally voluntary.