Procedures for Sabbatical Leave Proposal

University at Albany Policy Statement on Sabbatical Leaves

SUNY Policies provide for sabbatical leaves for the professional development of faculty and professional staff.

The objective of a sabbatical leave is to increase an employee’s value to the university and thereby improve and enrich its program. Such leave shall not be regarded as a reward for service or as a vacation or rest period occurring automatically at stated intervals. Sabbatical leaves shall be granted for planned travel, study, formal education, research, writing, or other experience of professional value. Faculty with continuing appointments who have completed at least six consecutive years of service within the university or who, if they have previously had a sabbatical leave, have completed six consecutive years of service since they returned from that leave, are eligible. In computing consecutive years of service for this purpose, leaves at less than full pay, leaves without pay, and part-time service are not included but do not constitute a break in otherwise consecutive service. Sabbaticals may be granted for one year at rates not to exceed one-half basic annual salary or for one semester at rates not to exceed full basic annual salary. Employees do not earn or use leave accruals while on sabbatical. Upon return from sabbatical leave, faculty members are expected to file a detailed report of professional activities and accomplishments while on the leave. (Article XIII, Title E, SUNY Policies of the Board of Trustees).

These policies are reaffirmed in the applicable Agreement between the State of New York and the United University Professions, Inc. (Article 23.6, 2011-2016 Agreement).

Copies of both these documents are incorporated into this Policy Statement as appendices.

To apply for a Sabbatical Leave:
Please refer to “How to Apply for a Sabbatical Leave” for instructions and applications.

Appendix I: Article XIII, Title E., Sabbatical Leave, Policies of the Board of Trustees.

Appendix II: Article 23.6, Sabbatical Leave, 2011-2016 Agreement between the State of New York and United University Professions.

Office of Academic Affairs
March 5, 1999