Fall, Winter, Spring Breaks and University Holidays and Closures
Faculty breaks are based on the Academic Calendar.
After six years of full-time teaching service, tenured faculty may take one semester (100 percent pay) or an academic year (50 percent pay) of sabbatical leave. Your benefits will continue, of course.
For significant scholarly, creative, or professional development opportunities funded by an award or other external source. We still will pay 10 percent of your salary and your benefits will continue.
Sick and Safe Leave
Leave to care for yourself or a family member in case of illness, preventive care, or to obtain assistance or guidance in stalking, sexual abuse, or domestic violence.
You will be eligible for 12 days during your first year of employment, 15 days after two years of service, and 21 days after five years of service. You can roll over up to three weeks of leave per year.
Sick and Safe Leave
Leave to care for yourself or a family member in case illness, preventive care, or to obtain assistance or guidance in stalking, sexual abuse, or domestic violence. Full-time staff accrue 12 days per year with no cap (some staff have more than 10 weeks accrued) and eligible part-time staff accrue up to seven days per year.
American University observes New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Inauguration Day (every four years), Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Day After, and the week between Christmas and New Year’s.
Please visit the Holiday Schedule Web page for the dates of upcoming university holidays.
OTHER LEAVE FOR FACULTY AND STAFF
Leave of Absence
A period of unpaid or reduced paid leave is available for research or other non-medical reasons. You can continue your benefits, including tuition benefits.
Family and Medical Leave
We're in Washington DC. Under DC regulations, you get 16 weeks for your own medical care PLUS an additional 16 weeks for family care. In some cases, the leave is paid.
100 Percent Salary on Short-Term Disability
In the event of an extended absence due to illness or injury, we pay 100 percent of salary for up to six months at no cost to you.
In the event of an illness or injury that extends beyond six months, you will receive 60 percent of your income PLUS up to 15 percent retirement contributions, AND you can stay in our health and dental plans. Also, if you're with us for at least five years full-time, you still get tuition benefits. Participation in LTD is required after one year of service and the cost is shared between you and the university.