University Military Leave


Temple University recognizes that National Guard and Reserve Component Forces may be called or ordered to active duty.

Any employee who is called to or enlists for active duty in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, Public Health Service commissioned corps, and the reserve components of these services and the National Guard, in response to call-ups to aid with our nation’s security and defense needs, automatically shall be granted a leave of absence in accordance with the provisions of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994, for up to five (5) years. This leave can be extended if the national emergency continues beyond that period.

Except when required by military necessity or when it is otherwise impossible or unreasonable, an employee must give advance notice to his/her supervisor either orally or in writing of any need for a military leave of absence. A copy of the “official orders” must be submitted to the employee’s supervisor as soon as possible after receipt by the employee.

Military leaves without pay for employees in collective bargaining units are governed by the terms of their respective bargaining agreements.


Any employee may use accumulated vacation or personal days prior to beginning the military leave of absence. For employees whose active service is 31 days or more, the University will continue the employee’s health benefits coverage for a period of 30 days from the date military leave begins, after which time the employee will have the option of continuing such coverage at his/her own expense while on active military leave.

Applicable tuition benefits for dependent children and a spouse will remain in effect for the duration of an employee’s military leave.

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 military leave of absence, please contact the Benefits Department at or 215-926-2282.


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