USM Bylaws, Policies and Procedures of the Board of Regents
VII - 7.26 - 1
VII-7.26 - USM POLICY ON LEAVE FOR DISASTER SERVICE
(Approved by the Board of Regents on October 11, 2002)
I. PURPOSE AND APPLICABILITY
This policy establishes the amount and use of paid leave for
disaster service, and applies to all Regular and Contingent
Category II Status Exempt and Nonexempt Staff employees of
the University System of Maryland (USM). This policy is
based on 1998 law, the Annotated Code of the Sate of MD,
State Personnel and Pensions, Section 9-1102. As an
Independent Personnel System, the USM is required by law to
provide this leave.
A. Requirements for Leave with Pay - On request, an employee
may be entitled to disaster service leave with pay if:
1. the employee is certified by the American Red Cross as a
disaster service volunteer; and
2. the American Red Cross requests the services of the employee
during a disaster that is designated at Level II or above in the
regulations and procedures of the National Office of the American
B. Amount of Leave Allowed - An employee may use up to 15 paid
days of disaster service leave in any 12-month period only after
obtaining approval from the employee's appointing authority. The
employer may deny the leave if the denial is based on the
anticipated impact on the operational needs of the institution.
Employees who are appointed to work less than 100% but at least
50% time may use disaster service leave on a pro rata basis.
C. Employment Status for Purposes of Certain Claims - For
purposes of Worker's Compensation and the Maryland Tort Claims
Act, while an employee is using disaster service leave, the
employee is deemed not to be a State employee.
Each Chief Executive Officer shall identify his/her
designee(s) as appropriate for this policy; shall develop
procedures as necessary to implement this policy; shall
communicate this policy and applicable procedures to his/her
institutional community; shall forward a copy of such
designations and procedures to the Chancellor.