Extended Sick Leave (ESL)

Extended Sick Leave (ESL) is paid time off (PTO) accrued beyond the maximum allowance of PTO for staff and faculty with 12-month appointments. Review Paid Time Off Accrual Rates here. Extended Sick Leave can be used for absence due to personal illness after you have used five consecutive working days of paid leave for missed work time. If you do not have paid leave to cover the first five consecutive days, then you must take unpaid leave before you can use ESL.

Faculty with 9-month appointments* accrue 96 hours (12 days) of ESL per year instead of PTO. There is no maximum accrual amount for full-time 9-month faculty members with the rank of instructor or above who hold continuous appointments. Nine-month faculty do not accrue other paid leave. 

For additional information on usage of Extended Sick Leave, please refer to the Faculty and Staff Handbooks.

NOTE: Employees on Extended Sick Leave do not accrue Paid Time Off. 

Changes to the Extended Sick Leave policy were approved by the University's Board of Regents at their November 2023 meeting. 
Click here to read the updated policy.