´╗┐delay of probationary period based on extenuating circumstances. These extenuating -event er-circumstances providing the basis for a delay related to significant care responsibilities must be clearly beyond those experienced by most probationary faculty. Documentation explaining the extenuating circumstance of the care-giving situation shall accompany the request. This request shall be routed through the normal administrative channels and will be considered for approval by the Provost.
This provision is available to all probationary non-tenured faculty upon their official start date and up until the anniversary of their official start date in the year in which their tenure review is scheduled to occur.
A faculty member who qualifies for an automatic delay of the probationary7 period, shall submit to his or her department chair a signed and completed Faculty Tenure Delay Form (TDF) and supporting documentation, if required. A faculty member may waive the automatic delay only by completing the waiver section of the TDF. Upon receipt of the TDF, the chair shall prepare and submit to the dean and the Provost a revised Notice of Academic Appointment reflecting the change in probationary dates, along with the completed TDF and supporting documentation.
Notifications of all delays shall be made by the faculty member to his or her department chair as soon as possible after the qualifying event or circumstances (i.e., birth, adoption, guardianship, or assumption of significant care responsibilities), but in no case later than six (6) months from the time of the qualifying event or circumstances or no later than the last day of the fifth year of the probationary period; whichever comes first. The chair, dean, or Provost may require the faculty member to provide documentation supporting the qualifying event or circumstances.
The automatic delay shall not be granted more than two (2) times within the probationary period of a faculty member. The faculty member shall be reviewed for tenure under the same academic standards as a candidate who has not extended the probationary period and shall not be penalized or adversely affected by the delay of the probationary period. Further, extension years shall not be counted towards sabbatical. A delay of the probationary period in no way limits the right of the University to terminate a probationary appointment prior to the time of the mandatory review for probation and tenure, should circumstances warrant such action.
(d)      Leaves of Absence
(i)      Sabbatical Leave
The purpose of sabbatical leave is to provide opportunities for study, research, creative effort, improvement of instructional or public service capabilities and methods, and related travel in order that the quality of each recipient's service to the University may be enhanced.