Faculty Affairs

Leave of Absence

Personal Leave of Absence

Available to Faculty
Office of Academic Appointments
Web: nyu.edu/oaa

Personal leave without pay may be granted at the discretion of the dean for a variety of reasons. Faculty members may be granted one or more full semesters of leave without pay for compelling personal reasons, such as care of a seriously ill child, parent, spouse, or registered domestic partner. Leave by either parent for the purpose of taking care of a child or related activities, as distinguished from inability to work because of pregnancy or childbirth, is treated as personal leave.

 Benefits During Leave of Absence

During a leave of absence, benefits may be affected. The Benefits Office should be contacted for details regarding how to continue benefit coverages and the length of time for which benefits may be continued.

It is a faculty member's responsibility to contact the Benefits Office to arrange for continuation of benefits. More information is available in the benefits booklets or at the Benefits Office (see the NYU Public Directory for contact information). 


Illness/Disability Leave and Maternity Leave

The salary of a full-time faculty member (Code 102) may be continued for up to six months at the discretion of the dean, for absence caused by illness or disability, subject to approval by the Office of the Provost.

Legally, an absence caused by inability to work because of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions must be treated at least as favorably as an absence caused by illness or disability for all employment-related purposes. At the time a faculty member gives birth, she is entitled to an aggregate of six consecutive weeks of paid maternity leave preceding and following the date of birth.

A physician’s statement certifying that the faculty member is unable to work because of illness or disability and the date on which it is anticipated that he or she can return to work may be required. The University, in addition, may require that the faculty member be examined by a physician designated by the University at no cost to the faculty member. In cases of childbirth, no certification will be required unless the request for leave extends beyond six weeks.

A full-time faculty member who is totally disabled for more than six consecutive calendar
months may claim benefits under New York University’s long-term disability insurance if a participant.