University Medical Leave


In addition to FMLA leave, Temple University also provides eligible  employees with an opportunity to apply for a University medical leave.  Although a University medical leave may be taken in addition to FMLA leave, the combined duration of any such leaves, including FMLA, vacation, sick days, and personal days may not exceed one year.


To be eligible, an employee must be either a full-time or regular part-time (20 hours or more)

non-bargaining employee and have completed at least six months of continuous service.  Granting of a University medical leave is a discretionary determination by the University.  A University medical leave is unpaid, unless the employee has paid sick, vacation or personal days available.  In such cases, the employee will be required to use these days until no more are available.  Vacation, personal holidays, and paid sick time do not accrue during any unpaid leave of absence.

An approved University medical leave does not guarantee that an employee may return to his/her position and does not extend any right to reinstatement under the FMLA policy.  If the employee returns from the leave within the leave period, the University will make reasonable efforts to place the employee into an open position for which he/she is qualified.  If no positions are available, the employment relationship will end.

If an employee is covered under Temple University’s insurance plans, medical, dental, and other insurance benefits will continue while the employee is on paid leave of any type.  Benefits will be continued while an employee is on unpaid leave of any type if the employee pays the entire cost of such coverage.  The University may terminate an employee’s coverage for failing to make premium contribution payments while on University medical leave.  Retirement savings plan participation may also continue during any period in which the employee continues to receive payment for accrued sick or vacation time.  Employees cannot contribute through the University to any retirement savings plan while on unpaid leave.


University medical leaves for employees in collective bargaining units are governed by the terms of their respective bargaining agreements.

You can submit a leave of absence request through Self-Service BannerPlease click here to access SSB via the TUportal. Once logged in, under the Employee tab, select the "Leave of Absence Request" button.

For questions regarding a University medical leave of absence, please contact the Benefits Department at or 215-926-2282.


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