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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Art 19 Sabbatical Policy & Procedure

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Section C.  Sabbatical Leave .   The purpose of a sabbatical leave is to enhance professional development, support department/unit goals, and/or meet the instructional, service, or research priorities of the university.

Subd. 1.  The President/designee may grant a sabbatical leave to an eligible faculty member who proposes to undertake a scholarly research project, additional study, or other endeavor related to the purpose described above.  At the beginning of each academic year, the President, after meeting and conferring with the Association, will establish a schedule for application, consideration and announcement of the sabbatical leaves.

Subd. 2.  Except as otherwise provided in this paragraph, in order to be eligible for sabbatical leave , a faculty member must have completed at least seven (7) years of service at the university, or have at least six (6) years of service since the conclusion of such faculty member's previous sabbatical leave.  Service at Akita counts towards satisfaction of years of service in this subdivision.   The granting of sabbatical leave shall be contingent upon the President's determination that funds are available for this purpose and that staffing requirements of the university can be met.  Where sabbatical leave is denied, reasons therefore shall be communicated to the faculty member in writing. However, the faculty member shall be granted a sabbatical, upon request, after either, a year of service following an initial award of tenure, or completion of ten (10) years of service, or ten (10) years following the conclusion of the faculty member's last sabbatical leave.  Such eligibility is subject to presentation of a satisfactory plan in accordance with Subd . 3. below .  Should more than twenty-five percent (25%) of the faculty on an FTE basis of any particular department or program be eligible for and request such a leave, the sabbatical(s) shall be granted un accordance with the followinf priorities: (1) faculty who have not yet received a sabbatical; (2) faculty whose sabbatical was postponed by this provision; (3) faculty with the longest service since their last sabbatical. In such circumstances, the President/designee shall grant such leave to twenty-five percent (25%) of the faculty within the department or program on an FTE basis.

Leaves taken for reasons of professional improvement directly relating to the faculty member's university responsibilities shall be counted as time served towards eligibility for sabbatical leave up to a maximum of two (2) years.

Subd. 3.   The faculty member's proposal for sabbatical leave shall include a written plan consistent with the purpose outlined above and an indication of the term(s) that the faculty member intends to be on leave.  Sabbatical plans are subject to approval by the President/designee.  Except for those ten (10) year sabbaticals described in Subd . 2. above , the President's decision is not grievable .  The plan must include a signed agreement to submit a written report of the results of the sabbatical to the faculty member's immediate supervisor upon conclusion of the sabbatical leave.  The faculty member shall agree in writing to return to the university for at least one (1) year of service after the conclusion of the sabbatical. In the event the faculty member fails to follow the intent of his/her plan or to return to the university for one (1) year of service after the conclusion of the sabbatical the faculty member shall refund to the university such funds awarded during that sabbatical period.

Subd. 4.  Sabbatical leaves may be granted for one (1) semester, at full base salary, or for a full academic year at eighty percent (80%) of base salary.  For part-time faculty members, the amount of sabbatical pay shall be adjusted pro rata.

Subd. 5.   Faculty members on sabbatical leave may accept scholarships, fellowships, grants, or employment during the sabbatical leave, provided such scholarships, fellowships, grants, or employment afford experience which serves the purpose of the sabbatical leave.

Subd. 6.   A faculty member shall be eligible for continued group insurance benefits as provided by law during the course of the leave.

Subd. 7.  In those cases where the Administration has denied sabbatical leaves for budgetary or staffing considerations, or where replacements for sabbaticals were not provided, the Administration shall provide a summary of such actions at a meet and confer.