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  • Unpaid Non-Medical Leaves

    All part-time faculty members are eligible for unpaid leaves for the following reasons.

    • Childcare: The University will not respond unreasonably to requests for unpaid leaves of absence of less than a full semester for the purpose of caring for a newborn or newly-adopted child, or for the care of a child with an emergency medical condition. The part-time faculty will provide his/her supervisor with as much notice as possible of such situations, and the supervisor will make reasonable attempts in such cases to accommodate requests for leaves of absence of less than a full semester. If the supervisor is unable to grant a request for leave for less than a full semester, the faculty member will receive authorization for a full semester of unpaid leave.

    • an emergency, or
    • any other reason required by law

    Annual, multi-year, and grandparented part-time faculty may apply for a leave for the reasons listed above as well as for any other reason. The university has sole discretion to grant a leave and will do so in accordance with applicable law.

    A leave cannot exceed one year, except if the law requires the leave to extend beyond one year.

    Any part-time faculty member seeking a leave due to personal medical condition or the medical condition of a family member should contact Human Resources directly and should not seek approval for such a leave from his or her Chair, Director, or Dean's Office. Additional information is available here.

    Part-time faculty with questions about this or any other leave should email Lauren Tomlinson at tomlinsl@newschool.edu.

    FAQ

    How does an annual, multi-year, or grandparented part-time faculty member request an Article XVII unpaid leave for a reason other than a medical condition?

    These requests must be made in writing and describe the nature of and reason(s) for the leave request and the proposed duration of the leave. To do this, a part-time faculty member must complete the top portion of the Request for Unpaid Leave Form (PDF); and submit it to the Office of Human Resources.

    An annual, multi-year, or grandfathered part-time faculty member seeking a leave involving a medical condition should email Lauren Tomlinson at tomlinsl@newschool.edu.

     

    How does the chair or director decide whether to deny or grant the request of an annual, multi-year, or grandparented part-time faculty member for an Article XVII unpaid leave (for a reason other than a medical condition)?

    Human Resources will consult with the Dean's Office, and in consultation with the Dean's Office, will grant or deny the leave request. The university will consider all pertinent factors, including the university's needs and the timing of the request.

    How does an annual, multi-year, or grandparented part-time faculty find out whether their request for an Article XVII unpaid leave that has been requested for a reason other than a medical condition has been granted or denied?

    The Office of Human Resources will send the part-time faculty member a letter or an email (to the part-time faculty's New School email account) confirming that the leave has been granted, and the start and end dates of the leave, or indicating that the leave has been denied.

    Does the annual, multi-year, or grandparented part-time faculty member maintain benefits while on an approved Article XVII unpaid leave taken for a reason other than a medical condition?

    Yes. If the request for a leave is approved, the Office of Human Resources will contact the faculty to make arrangements necessary for the faculty member's health and dental benefits to continue during the leave. The employee must pay the university directly for his or her benefits since there will be no pay and therefore no payroll deductions during the leave.

    Does the annual, multi-year, or grandparented part-time faculty member maintain seniority while on an approved Article XVII unpaid leave taken for a reason other than a medical condition?

    Yes. However, seniority does not accrue during the period of the leave.

    What happens when an annual, multi-year, or grandparented part-time faculty member returns from an approved Article XVII unpaid leave taken for a reason other than a medical condition?

    The part-time faculty member resumes his or her annual or multi-year appointment. The period of leave counts as part of the part-time faculty's appointment period; it does not extend the appointment. Upon return from an Article XVII leave, the university must offer an assignment equal to the number of course hours taught just prior to the leave and must make its best effort to assign the part-time faculty member to the courses previously taught with the same proportion of required courses. If the part-time faculty member received an appointment letter prior to requesting and being granted a leave, the university must offer him or her the same number of courses that was assigned to him or her in the appointment letter, even if that number of courses exceeds the part-time faculty member's baseload. If he or she requested and was granted an unpaid leave before he or she was given an appointment letter, then the university is obligated to offer the part-time faculty member an assignment equal to his or her baseload. Whether pre-appointment or post-appointment, the university must make its best effort to assign the part-time faculty member to the courses previously taught with the same proportion of required courses. If insufficient courses are available, the university will pay the part-time faculty the appropriate contractual remedies.

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