II-2.01 POLICY ON PROFESSIONAL AND/OR RESEARCH LEAVE FOR
FACULTY MEMBERS ENGAGED EXCLUSIVELY OR PRIMARILY
IN LIBRARY SERVICES
(Approved by the Board of Regents, April 7, 2000)
The President of an institution may grant professional
and/or research leaves to faculty members engaged
exclusively or primarily in library services. The primary
purpose of such leaves is to provide an opportunity for a
librarian to conduct scholarly work or to engage in applied
research which will increase the librarian's value to the
institution or enhance the reputation of the institution.
1. To be eligible for professional and/or research leave,
a full-time librarian shall have been granted permanent
status and must have been in active service with the
institution as a librarian for a period of at least six
years prior to an initial leave being granted. A full-time
librarian must remain on active service with the institution
for an additional period of at least six years to become
eligible for a subsequent professional leave and/or
research. A part-time librarian shall have been granted
permanent status and shall have completed six or more years
of at least half-time service. Ordinarily, a leave of
absence without pay shall not be regarded as service to the
institution for purposes of determining eligibility for
professional and/or research leave.
2. Ordinarily, professional and/or research leave will be
granted for one-half of the recipient's annual contract
period at his or her normal compensation or for the full
annual contract period at one-half normal compensation for
both full- and part-time librarians.
3. Ordinarily, as a condition for receiving professional
and/or research leave, the recipient shall agree to return
promptly to the institution at the termination of the leave
and to serve on his or her normal basis for at least one
full annual contract period.
4. During the period of professional and/or research
leave, the recipient will be permitted, with the approval of
the President or designee, to accept, in addition to the
compensation he or she receives from the institution, such
grants, awards, contracts, fellowships, or other
compensation or stipends as may be related to the approved
professional and/or research leave project.
5. While on professional and/or research leave, the
recipient may accept compensation for consulting services
rendered during the professional and/or research leave,
provided that such services shall not exceed those allowed
by the University System Policy on Professional Commitment
of Faculty and that they do not interfere with his or her
approved professional and/or research leave project.
6. All benefits and privileges of a librarian on
professional and/or research leave shall continue in the
same manner as if he or she were not on such leave, i.e.,
accrual of sick leave, opportunity for promotion, merit
raises, and other benefits. Such a leave period shall not
be regarded as service to the institution for purposes of
determining eligibility for a subsequent professional and/or
7. Each institution shall develop procedures and criteria
for approval of and funding for professional and/or research
leave, including the requirement of a summary report on
professional and/or research activities by the librarian.
These procedures and criteria shall be filed with the Office
of the Chancellor.
Replacement for: BOR VII-2.15-POLICY ON LIBRARIANS (Section
on Professional Leave)