0700 Leaves and Absences
Policy Number: 
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Thursday, August 7, 2014

Human Resources Manual

Policies, Guidelines and Reference Material: 
Statutory Authority: 
  • ORS 351.070


Application Procedure & Form

Purposes of Sabbatical Leave

Research, writing, advanced study, travel for observation and study of conditions in our own or in other countries affecting the applicant’s field or related scholarly or professional activities.

Eligibility for Sabbatical Leave

  • 0.50 FTE or greater; and
  • Tenured; and 
  • Rank of Associate Professor or Professor.
    • *Grandfathered Tenured Senior Instructors may be eligible.
  • Length of Service Requirement:

1(a).      9-Month Employee:  Continuously appointed without interruption by a sabbatical leave for 18 academic quarters (excluding Summer Session); or

1(b).      12-Month Employee:  72 months; or

2.         Combined Term of Service:  An accumulated equivalent of 6.0 FTE years over an indefinite period of 9-month or 12-month appointments uninterrupted by a sabbatical leave.

  • FTE Less Than 0.50 or Leave Without Pay - A series of appointments shall be considered continuous whether or not interrupted by one or more authorized leaves of absence other than a sabbatical leave. A one-year period of appointment at less than 0.50 FTE will count as a period of accumulated service for purposes of the time requirement for sabbatical eligibility.


  • The academic faculty member’s annual rate is multiplied by the average FTE at which the faculty member was appointed during the 6.0 FTE years immediately prior to the sabbatical leave for an employee qualifying under 1(a) or 1(b) above; or
  • Salary shall be determined using the annual rate in effect at the time the leave begins for an employee qualifying under item 2 above.
  • The academic faculty member remains eligible for university-wide salary increases while on sabbatical leave.

Approval and Revisions of Sabbatical Leave Agreement

  • It is recommended that sabbatical applications be submitted for review and signatures at least one month prior to the beginning of the sabbatical. 
  • A sabbatical leave shall be granted only if approved by the Provost or the Provost’s designee, acting on behalf of the President.
  • When signed by all parties, the Application for Contract and Sabbatical Leave becomes a binding contract.  Revision of the sabbatical leave program or other terms and conditions of the agreement must be approved by all parties to the original agreement (refer to Procedures below).

Sabbatical Leave Report

At the end of the sabbatical leave, the faculty member shall submit a report of the accomplishments and benefits resulting from the leave according to Department and/or College policy. Please check with your leadership to learn if a report is required upon return from sabbatical leave.

Obligation to Return

Each academic faculty member shall sign an agreement to return to the institution for a period of at least one year's service on completion of the sabbatical leave. If an academic faculty member fails to fulfill this obligation, the academic faculty member shall repay the full salary paid during the sabbatical leave plus the health care and retirement contribution paid by the institution on behalf of the academic faculty member during the leave. This amount is due and payable within three months following the date designated in the sabbatical agreement for the faculty member to return to the institution.



Start and End Dates

12-month sabbatical leaves must begin on the first day of one month and end on the last day of a subsequent month.

9-month sabbatical leaves must begin on the first day of an academic term and end on the last day of an academic term (see below).

  Begin Date End Date
Fall Term September 16 December 15
Winter Term December 16 March 15
Spring Term March 16 June 15

9-month sabbaticals that cross academic years are put on leave for the summer (June 16-September 15). Work performed during the summer timeframe is separate from the sabbatical leave and is set up on a summer academic wage appointment.

Length of Sabbatical Leave

  9-Month Employees 12-Month Employees*
60% Salary 1 academic year 3 terms 1 year 12 months
75% Salary ⅔ academic year 2 terms ⅔ year 8 months
85% Salary ⅓ academic year 1 terms ⅓ year 4 months

*Additional durations of less than 12 months may be available. Please contact the Academic HR Officer at for additional information.

Cost of Sabbatical Leave

The cost for a sabbatical leave shall be funded by the unit paying the faculty member’s salary.

Supplementing of Sabbatical Income

  • Sabbatical salaries may be supplemented to a reasonable degree, provided that such supplementation strictly conforms to the stated and approved purposes of the sabbatical leave. 
  • Supplementation paid from grants and contracts must be approved by the sponsoring agency.
  • Sabbatical salary supplementation is set up as a secondary job.

Application Procedure

If you hold two or more active jobs, please send an email to prior to completing the application process below.

  1. To begin the application process, go to and identify the signers and their email addresses. This will facilitate routing approval of the sabbatical leave application.
  2. Attach a summary of sabbatical activities stating the purpose of the leave in detail. Goals and outputs should be outlined, and candidates should explain how the experience will contribute to their professional growth and future opportunities.
  3. Attach curriculum vitae.
  4. Submit.

Upon approval of the sabbatical application, all signers will receive a copy.

A copy will be filed in the employee’s personnel file in University Human Resources (UHR).

Sabbatical Amendments

When signed by all parties, the Application for Contract and Sabbatical Leave becomes a binding contract.  Amendments must be initialed by all signatories.  Procedures to amend the contract are as follows:

  • Send an email message requesting the application change(s) to your department head with a copy to your dean and the Academic Officer in UHR at
  • Include what change(s) are needed to the sabbatical application.

Sabbatical Leave Delay

Sabbatical leave may be delayed up to two years at the discretion of the Provost.  Refer to OSU standards for details.

Military Leave from OSU

Military leave from OSU is considered as institutional service.

Sabbatical Cancellations

Cancellation of leave should be made by letter or email with copies to all original signatories for their notification and approval. Approval of cancellation needs to be sent to the Academic Officer in University Human Resources at  Following receipt of approved cancellation, the Academic Officer will void the application.

Other Information

  • Email application process questions to
  • If you start a sabbatical application and close out of it before submitting, send an email to
  • Supplementation of sabbatical leave paid from grants and contracts must be set up as a secondary job and approved by the sponsoring agency.