School of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs

Leave of Absence

The University of Pittsburgh aims to help faculty members balance the demands of the workplace with circumstances that might land them out of the office for certain periods of time--whether it's to tend to a family member in need or conduct research abroad for a term.

Faculty Medical and Family Leave (FMFL)

The University Faculty Medical and Family Leave Policy aims to help faculty members balance the demands of the workplace with family obligations. University procedures are consistent with the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 which entitles eligible employees to take unpaid family care and/or medical leaves of up to 12 workweeks in any 12-month period. 

Faculty Medical and Family Leave FAQS

Certification of Physician or Practitioner Form


Sabbatical Leave

The University recognizes the importance of occasional periods of leave from normal University duties when faculty members may benefit from new experiences designed both to advance their own professional standing and, upon their return to their regular activities, to enrich their teaching and research. The conditions and qualifications for sabbatical and research  leaves are established in the University of Pittsburgh Sabbatical Leave Policy. The Provost will evaluate requests for continuation of partial or full salary, as in the case of sabbatical leaves, on the basis of expected benefit of the proposed program of leave to both the individual and the University. The University procedures for Sabbatical Leave are outlined for you.

Administrative Checklist (Procedure required Dossier)

School of Medicine Sabbatical Leave Policy

School of Medicine Compensation

Professional Enhancement

The Faculty Leave for Professional Enhancement policy establishes guidelines for leave without pay for all faculty, regardless of a faculty member's eligibility for a sabbatical.



Unpaid Leave

An Unpaid leave of absence is approved by the Provost and the request should be forwarded to the Provost before December 1 of the academic year preceding the desired period of leave.