Time Off & Leaves of Absence

As a Boston University employee, your benefits package includes generous time off dependent on your employment status. Time off includes vacation, sick days, personal days, unpaid time off, sympathy time, jury duty, and intersession. These are available to eligible employees under the appropriate circumstances as defined in your handbook or collective bargaining agreement.

Time off is often used in conjunction with a leave of absence. It is important to view a leave of absence in two components: 1) employee status and 2) continuation of pay.

  1. Employee status is governed by State & Federal Laws and University policies.
  2. Continuation of pay is governed by University policies (such as the staff or faculty handbook, or collective bargaining agreements) which allow you to use earned time during your leave.

For information on how your benefits are affected when you take a leave of absence, please review the information here.