Family-Friendly Policies. Focus: Policies at Wesleyan and some of its Peer Institutions. Wesleyan’s Parental Leave Policy (in place essentially since 1983).
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Focus: Policies at Wesleyan and some of its Peer Institutions
A full-time, tenured/tenure-track faculty member or a full-time adjunct faculty member on the instructional budget and on a multiyear contract may take a one-semester full parental leave with two-thirds salary without loss of benefits or status, or, if she or he prefers, may take a partial parental leave by teaching a reduced load of at least one full course for a semester at full salary without loss of benefits or status. The latter option counts as a semester of service towards the accrual of sabbatical eligibility, the former does not. This parental leave policy is available to men and women and to the parents of adopted children as well as children born to the parents. If both parents (or domestic partners as defined by University benefits policies) are eligible for a faculty parental leave benefit, they may either share one parental leave or designate one to take it. If one of the parents or domestic partners is a Wesleyan staff member, they may either share one leave or designate one to take the leave for which the faculty or staff member is eligible. The details for sharing a faculty and a staff parental leave must be approved by the Office of Academic Affairs.
The leave will normally be taken the semester in which the birth or adoption occurs or the semester immediately after. If a child is born or adopted between semesters, the leave may be taken the semester immediately after. In certain unusual circumstances, faculty members who intend to take a partial parental leave may fulfill their teaching obligation for that leave by offering the scheduled course in the semester prior to or after their parental leave. As per the university's policy on teaching loads, if enrollment in such courses is fewer than five students, the course will not be credited to the instructor's teaching load, and the instructor will be expected to make up the deficit in a later semester. This option may be taken only if it can be shown to be in the best interests of the department or program as well as that of the faculty member. Faculty who avail themselves of this option must be available for other university responsibilities during the parental leave semester as is normally the case for faculty on partial parental leaves. Approval for this option has to be obtained in advance from the Office of Academic Affairs.
This policy is flexible on the question of whether the leave semester must count toward the canonical time for a tenure or promotion decision. If the parental leave concludes before a faculty member submits his or her dossier to the department for a tenure decision, the faculty member has until the end of the leave (but no later) to declare whether the semester’s full or partial leave will count or not as a semester toward her or his probationary tenure period. If the faculty member decides to count the leave semester toward the probationary period or if a leave is not taken, the appointment contract and the schedule for personnel decisions are not affected. If the faculty member decides not to count the semester toward her or his probationary period, the leave will have the effect of extending the appointment contract and the canonical time of personnel decisions for nontenured faculty. If the parental leave concludes after a faculty member submits his or her dossier to the department for a tenure decision, the schedule for the tenure decision is unaffected, and the faculty member must have the support of both the department and the vice president for academic affairs for the contract to be extended. […]