4.7 Sabbatical Leaves

Board Policies
Chapter 4 - Human Resources

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Part 1. Purpose of Sabbatical Leaves. Sabbatical leaves are provided to maintain the high level of academic excellence necessary to meet the missions of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and its institutions. Sabbatical leaves may be awarded for various reasons related to scholarly or professional growth, development, or renewal, including creative endeavors that promise to enhance the professional effectiveness of the applicant. Typical sabbatical undertakings include, but are not limited to, activity that enhances teaching or research, writing, work related to the visual and performing arts (creation or performance), post-terminal degree study, and travel for the purpose of study or research.

Part 2. General Principles Regarding Sabbatical Leaves

Subpart A.

  1. Employees accrue sabbatical leave credit under the relevant collective bargaining agreements or the Personnel Plan for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Administrators.
  2. Application to take a sabbatical leave is made to the President, Chief Academic Officer or the Chancellor as specified in the collective bargaining agreement or the Personnel Plan for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Administrators. The application should contain a description of the project, including an elaboration of the benefits to the college, university, or the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.
  3. The faculty member or administrator awarded such a leave is required, within a specified period of time following return from leave, to submit a report of sabbatical leave activities.
  4. Following sabbatical leave, all employees are required to return to college, university, or Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system service in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement or Personnel Plan for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Administrators.

Subpart B.

  1. Salary while on sabbatical leave varies within the provisions of the collective bargaining agreement or Personnel Plan for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Administrators.
  2. Sabbatical leave pay may be supplemented by fellowships, grants, or other sources provided that activities resulting from additional compensation are not in conflict with the purposes of the sabbatical leave.
  3. Sabbatical leave pay may be supplemented by continued normal consulting arrangements, provided they do not conflict with the purpose and spirit of the sabbatical program.
Part 3. Annual Report. The Sr. Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and the Vice Chancellor for Human Resources will provide a Sabbatical Leaves Report to the Board of Trustees each year. The report shall include, but is not limited to, the number of leaves, the types of leaves taken, the cost of such leaves and a summary of the results achieved.


Date of Adoption: 4/21/99,
Date of Implementation: 4/21/99,

Date & Subject of Revisions:

There is no additional HISTORY for policy 4.7.

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