Leave Administration

Jacksonville State University offers a variety of generous and flexible leave benefits to all eligible employees. The University recognizes that all employees should enjoy occasional time away from work using vacation and holiday time, and that both personal and medical situations may temporarily interfere with an employee's ability to work. All leave, other than emergencies, must be approved by the supervisor in advance.

Annual leave is earned by all regular, full-time staff  based on continuous years of service and maximums as established below:
  • 0-9 years 8 hrs per month - 192 hrs
  • 9-19 years 10 hrs per month - 240 hrs
  • 19 and over 12 hrs per month - 288 hrs

On August 31st of each year, every employee's leave accumulation will be compared to the max and any excess leave will be added to sick leave. Coaches and Faculty do not accrue Annual Leave. Use this link to access additional information: Attendance and Leave Policy

NOTE: Athletic Coaches and Faculty do not accrue annual leave.

The Education Leave provides opportunities for faculty to pursue the completion of a terminal degree. The guidelines provide some flexibility to department heads and deans in shaping educational leave proposals for faculty, so no deadline for applications is imposed. Faculty who are interested in educational leave are invited to work with their dean or designee and department head to prepare an application. Applications for Faculty Educational Leave should be submitted twelve (12) months in advance to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Room 235 Bibb Graves Hall. For more information, please visit: http://www.jsu.edu/academicaffairs/leave/educational_leave.html

What is FMLA? "FMLA" refers to the Family and Medical Leave Act, which is a federal law that guarantees certain employees up to 12 workweeks of unpaid leave each year with no threat of job loss.  FMLA also requires that employers covered by the law maintain the health benefits for eligible workers just as if they were working.  For more information, please visit: https://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs28.pdf.

Employee’s Guide to the FMLA: https://www.dol.gov/whd/fmla/employeeguide.pdf.

The federal Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA) provides employment protections for members of the National Guard and Reserves who are called to serve in the military. Paid and unpaid military leave and re-employment rights shall be provided to employees consistent with federal and state laws. A request for such leave should be made in advance to the employee’s supervisor and the appropriate Leave Request Form submitted with supporting military documentation, to the Department of Human Resources. Use this link to access additional information: Attendance and Leave Policy

Sick leave is accrued to an unlimited amount by all full-time faculty and staff at the rate of eight (8) hours per month.  With the exception of Tier 2 Employees, upon retirement, employees are allowed to convert unused sick time into service time for the purpose of retirement.  Use this link to access additional information: Attendance and Leave Policy

Administrative Leave

When the President or designee has reason to believe that the presence of an employee on University property presents a threat to the health or safety of the employee or anyone in the University community, or represents a threat of substantial disruption or interference with the normal operations of the University community, the President or designee may place the employee on leave pending an investigation of the occurrence. Under such circumstances, a Leave Request Form will be completed and submitted by the Department of Human Resources. Leave pending investigation is approved leave with pay and with no reduction of accrued leave. Accountability for this form of leave will be managed by the Department of Human Resources.

Bereavement Leave

The University provides up to three days to an employee upon the death of an Immediate family member. If the leave extends beyond three days, employees are required to obtain supervisory approval for the use of accrued sick or annual leave.  A request for such leave should be documented on the appropriate Leave Request Form and submitted to the Department of Human Resources

Court Summons

Paid leave shall be provided to an employee summoned as a witness in regard to university matters only. Paid leave shall not be provided to an employee serving as an expert witness. Witness pay shall be retained by the employee.

Jury Duty

Upon receipt of a summons to report for jury duty, employees must immediately provide their supervisor with a copy of the summons. Employees summoned as a member of a jury panel, shall be granted leave with pay and any jury fees shall be retained by the employee. Leave granted by the University during jury duty shall not affect the employee’s accrued annual or sick leave balance. Paid leave shall not exceed the number of hours in the employee’s normal workday. If jury duty does not require absence for the entire workday, the employee shall return to work immediately upon release by the court. (Acts 1969, No. 619, p. 1126; Act 2005-311, 1st Sp. Sess., §1.) Employees must complete a Leave Request Form.

 For more information about Special Circumstances Leave, use this link:Attendance and Leave Policy