Miscellaneous Leave Provisions

Leave Usage upon the Death of a Family Member

Employees may use up to three days of sick leave after the death of an immediate family member.  An additional four days of sick leave may be used for travel time related to a funeral or other circumstances.  Institutions can approve reasonable requests for additional time off or use of additional sick leave on a case-by-case basis.

Employees may also choose to use other paid leave (e.g. vacation or personal holiday) instead of sick leave.

Time Off to Vote

All employees who earn sick leave are entitled to up to 3 hours of leave with pay to vote during the employee’s regular working hours if the employee is unable to vote during non-working hours. 

All University employees are entitled to leave to vote during the employee’s regular working hours, but only those who earn sick leave are eligible for a leave with pay to vote.

Jury Duty

All employees who earn sick leave are entitled to leave with pay when summoned for grand or petit jury duty. While on jury duty you will receive your regular salary in addition to juror pay.  When not impaneled for actual service and only on call, the employee should report back to work unless authorized by the institution to be absent.

Election Official Time Off on Election Day

Employees who serve as an election official for public elections under the authority of the municipal clerk may serve without loss of pay for scheduled work hours on election day, provided they request leave at least 7 days prior to the election.

The employee may elect to receive his/her UW pay or the pay received as an election official.  If state pay is elected, the pay earned as an election official will be deducted from the UW pay.  If an employee uses paid leave (e.g. vacation or personal holiday) on election day, pay earned as an election official will not be deducted from the UW pay.

Faculty Sabbatical

If offered at your institution, instructional faculty may request sabbatical leave to engage in intensive study so you may become a more effective teacher/scholar and enhance your service to the University.  You may qualify for sabbatical after you have completed 6 full years of UW System service.  You will receive 100% pay for one semester or up to 65% pay for a full academic year.

Hostage Leave

If an employee suffers an injury (e.g. physical or psychological) as a result of being taken hostage, the employee may be eligible for a leave with pay for up to 45 calendar days from the date of the conclusion of the hostage event.