The University of Washington provides various leave opportunities to accommodate many personal and professional situations. This section provides an overview of leaves offered to faculty, librarians, senior fellows and academic staff*, as well as information intended to assist in the administration of these leaves. If you have any questions regarding content on this site please contact your Academic HR Specialist for assistance.

Other Leave Information

Faculty, librarians, academic staff and senior fellows who are injured in the course of University employment may file for Workers’ Compensation benefits.

For information on the process, please refer to the Office of Risk Management.

A faculty member who faces a major life event that may interrupt teaching or scholarship may be eligible to have a year waived on their tenure clock.


The majority of academic personnel at the UW are not eligible to receive or accrue vacation unless otherwise represented by a collective bargaining unit. If the academic personnel employee is represented by a collective bargaining unit please refer to the relevant agreement for guidance and details.

Additional Resources

*Academic staff include full- and regular part-time extension lecturers in the International & English Language Programs who are eligible for leaves in accordance with their collective bargaining agreement.