02-02.00 – Policy on Sabbatical Leave

  1. Policy Statement:

    To provide policies and implementing procedures governing the granting of sabbatical
    leave to faculty members. The primary purpose of suchleaves is to provide an opportunity
    for a faculty member to conduct scholarly or creative work, or to engage in activities
    that may result in the generation and application of intellectual property through
    technology transfer, in order to increase his or her contribution to the institution,
    and to enhance his or her standing in the discipline or profession.

  2. Responsible Executive and Office:

    Responsible Executive:
    Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs

    Responsible Office:
    Office of the Provost

  3. Entities Affected by this Policy:

    All tenured faculty members.

  4. Procedures:

    1. To be eligible for sabbatical leave, a full-time faculty member shall have attained
      tenure and the rank of assistant professor, associate professor or professor; and
      shall have completed at least six years of service at Towson University (“University”)
      at the time of an initial sabbatical leave or since the last previously granted sabbatical
      leave. A part-time faculty member shall have been granted tenure and shall have completed
      six or more years of at least half-time service at Towson University. Ordinarily,
      a leave of absence without pay shall not be regarded as service to Towson University
      for purposes of determining eligibility for sabbatical leave. On rare occasions the
      University may approve a sabbatical leave for a tenured
    2. The faculty member applying for sabbatical leave shall schedule an interview with
      the dean of the college early in the fall semester preceding the academic year for
      which the sabbatical leave is requested to discuss the proposed sabbatical project.
      The “Sabbatical Leave Application” form can be accessed at the link in this sentence. The completed form must be submitted
      to the department chairperson who shall forward two copies together with his/her recommendation
      to the dean of the college. If approved, the dean of the college shall forward the
      “Sabbatical Leave Application” to the vice provost for academic affairs no later than
      the third Monday of November. The vice provost shall forward the application and related
      recommendations to the Provost. Upon recommendation of the Provost, the President
      may grant a sabbatical leave. The faculty member will be notified of the grant or
      denial of the sabbatical request in writing by the second Friday in February. An appeal
      of a decision of denial may be presented only to the dean and/or Provost (whichever
      denied the request) within 30 calendar days after the faculty member is notified of
      the denial of the sabbatical request.
    3. The faculty member applying for sabbatical leave shall agree as a precondition for
      accepting same to return to the University upon termination of the sabbatical period
      and to serve on his or her normal basis for at least one academic year immediately
      subsequent to returning, except under unusual circumstances in which the President
      may decide otherwise in writing, in advance. If the faculty member fails to return,
      or fails to remain in service for at least one year, he/she shall be liable for the
      repayment of the whole or a proportionate share of the salary paid during the sabbatical
    4. A sabbatical leave may be granted to both full and part-time tenured faculty members
      who are on 10 month contracts for one-half of the recipient’s annual contract period
      at his/her normal compensation or for the full annual contract period at one-half
      normal compensation. Department chairs and 12-month faculty will be granted the period
      from August 15 to January 15 or February 1 to July 1 unless granted a full-year sabbatical.
    5. All benefits and privileges of a faculty member on sabbatical leave shall be continued
      in the same manner as if he/she were not on such leave. However, if the sabbatical
      leave is for the full annual contract period at one-half normal compensation, sick
      leave, annual leave and creditable service for retirement will be pro-rated at one-half
      of normal earnings.
    6. Full-time or part-time employment by faculty members while on sabbatical leave is
      prohibited. Faculty members on sabbatical leave shall be permitted to accept, in addition
      to the salary received from the University, only such awards, grants, contracts, or
      other compensation or stipends as may be related to the approved sabbatical leave
      project and approved by the President of the University upon recommendation of the
      Provost of the University.
    7. While on sabbatical leave, the recipient may accept compensation for consulting services
      rendered during the sabbatical leave, provided that such services shall not exceed
      those allowed by the University and the USM II-3.10 Policy on Professional Commitment of Faculty and that they do not interfere with his/her approved sabbatical leave project. Failure
      to comply with these requirements will result in denial of future sabbatical requests.
    8. Upon return from the sabbatical leave, a faculty member must submit a written summary
      report on his/her sabbatical activities to chair of the department and the dean of
      his/her college and the vice provost, as well as present a public seminar on the results
      of his/her sabbatical project open to the faculty and students of the University,
      all within the academic year in which the faculty member returns.
    9. If the faculty member fails to submit a written report and present a public seminar,
      as stipulated in section V.H. of this policy, then time in service counted toward
      the next sabbatical will not begin until the academic year in which these obligations
      are fulfilled. Furthermore, should the faculty member not fulfill these obligations
      within the academic year in which
      he/she returns, then that faculty member will not be eligible for other University-funded
      financial support such as travel funds until the obligation to submit the written
      report and present a public seminar on the results of the sabbatical project has been
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Related Policies:

USM Policy II-2.00, Policy on Evaluation of Performance of Faculty;
USM Policy II-3.10, Policy on Professional Commitment of Faculty

Approval Date: 03/28/2011

Effective Date: 03/28/2011

Amended Date: 05/08/2012

Approved by: President’s Council 03/08/2011

Reviewed By:

Signed By:

How to Request the Policy PDF

This online version of the policy may include updated links and names of departments.
To request a PDF of the original, signed version of this policy, email the Office
of the General Counsel, generalcounsel AT_TOWSON.


View more information: https://www.towson.edu/about/administration/policies/02-02-00-policy-sabbatical-leave.html

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