All on-ladder faculty and those full-time off-ladder faculty on multi-year appointments are eligible for leaves of absence. All leaves of absence must be approved by the department chairman, and the Provost and Dean of the Faculty. Officers of instruction are normally expected to render full-time service or part-time equivalent service for at least two academic years between all except short-term leaves of absence. Leaves of absence do not constitute a break in continuous service.
Professors and Associate Professors are entitled to sabbatical leaves of one year at half-salary or a half-year at full salary to provide them with uninterrupted opportunities for research. Sabbaticals are due to tenured Professors or Associate Professors after they have completed twelve semesters of service in the ladder professorial ranks. When an Assistant Professor with at least six years of counted service is promoted to tenure, the first sabbatical is due in the year following the first year of tenure. Sabbatical leaves are granted only if the officer of instruction plans to return to the College for at least one academic year of full-time service or equivalent part-time service after the leave. See the Academic Code for more information.
During each academic year, Barnard College supports one or more Special Assistant Professor Leaves to enable one or more Assistant Professors who have been assigned to a tenure line or who are eligible for assignment to a tenure line, and who have successfully passed a third-year review to engage in research for one semester at full salary. Special Assistant Professor Leaves are granted only if the officer of instruction plans to return to the College for at lease one academic year of full-time service or equivalent part-time service after the leave. See the Academic Code for more information.
Upon written request, and with the approval of the department chairman and the Provost and Dean of the Faculty, full-time on-ladder faculty, and those full-time off-ladder faculty on multi-year appointments may be granted a leave of absence without salary for a period of up to and including one academic year. Approved leaves without salary do not constitute semesters of service for the purpose of computing eligibility for future Barnard-paid leaves, e.g. sabbaticals and Special Assistant Professor Leaves, unless the leaves without salary are taken to extend a one semester paid leave into a full year at half pay.
Eligible officers of instruction may take leaves in accordance with the Barnard College "Policy on Leaves of Absence for Reasons of Pregnancy, Childbirth and Infant Care for Officers of Instruction". Such leave time may be excluded from the maximum number of years of service allowed before tenure consideration.
Leaves of absence of a month or less during an academic term for pressing personal or professional needs may be granted to any officer of instruction upon approval of the department chair and the Provost and Dean of the Faculty. Short-term leaves for professional purposes cannot be granted unless adequate provision is made for covering the officer's instructional responsibilities.
Any officer of instruction, except an officer of instruction holding a temporary position, who is inducted into the Armed Forces of the United States, will be granted military leave of absence if such leave is required by law.
Note: Faculty members on College-paid leave are expected to return to the College for at least one year when the leave ends. Failure to do so obligates the faculty member to repay the College for the cost of the paid leave, including salary and benefits.