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					Family-Friendly Policies
  Focus: Policies at Wesleyan and
    some of its Peer Institutions
 Wesleyan’s Parental Leave Policy
 (in place essentially since 1983)
A full-time, tenured/tenure-track faculty member or a full-time adjunct faculty
member on the instructional budget and on a multiyear contract may take a
one-semester full parental leave with two-thirds salary without loss of benefits
or status, or, if she or he prefers, may take a partial parental leave by teaching
a reduced load of at least one full course for a semester at full salary without
loss of benefits or status. The latter option counts as a semester of service
towards the accrual of sabbatical eligibility, the former does not. This parental
leave policy is available to men and women and to the parents of adopted
children as well as children born to the parents. If both parents (or domestic
partners as defined by University benefits policies) are eligible for a faculty
parental leave benefit, they may either share one parental leave or designate
one to take it. If one of the parents or domestic partners is a Wesleyan staff
member, they may either share one leave or designate one to take the leave
for which the faculty or staff member is eligible. The details for sharing a
faculty and a staff parental leave must be approved by the Office of Academic
Affairs.
    Wesleyan’s Policy, continued
The leave will normally be taken the semester in which the birth or adoption
occurs or the semester immediately after. If a child is born or adopted between
semesters, the leave may be taken the semester immediately after. In certain
unusual circumstances, faculty members who intend to take a partial parental
leave may fulfill their teaching obligation for that leave by offering the scheduled
course in the semester prior to or after their parental leave. As per the
university's policy on teaching loads, if enrollment in such courses is fewer than
five students, the course will not be credited to the instructor's teaching load,
and the instructor will be expected to make up the deficit in a later semester.
This option may be taken only if it can be shown to be in the best interests of the
department or program as well as that of the faculty member. Faculty who avail
themselves of this option must be available for other university responsibilities
during the parental leave semester as is normally the case for faculty on partial
parental leaves. Approval for this option has to be obtained in advance from the
Office of Academic Affairs.
     Wesleyan’s Policy, continued
This policy is flexible on the question of whether the leave semester must count
toward the canonical time for a tenure or promotion decision. If the parental leave
concludes before a faculty member submits his or her dossier to the department
for a tenure decision, the faculty member has until the end of the leave (but no
later) to declare whether the semester’s full or partial leave will count or not as a
semester toward her or his probationary tenure period. If the faculty member
decides to count the leave semester toward the probationary period or if a leave
is not taken, the appointment contract and the schedule for personnel decisions
are not affected. If the faculty member decides not to count the semester toward
her or his probationary period, the leave will have the effect of extending the
appointment contract and the canonical time of personnel decisions for
nontenured faculty. If the parental leave concludes after a faculty member
submits his or her dossier to the department for a tenure decision, the schedule
for the tenure decision is unaffected, and the faculty member must have the
support of both the department and the vice president for academic affairs for the
contract to be extended. […]
             Faculty Parental Leave
                                                                           Who can take
             Duration of Leave              Compensation
                                                                               it?
             1 semester full leave or                                     Mothers/Fathers of
                                        2/3 salary for full leave, full
Wesleyan     reduced teaching load
                                          salary for partial leave
                                                                          children born to or
              with committee work                                         adopted by parents
                                                                          Mothers/Fathers of
             1 semester full leave or
 Bowdoin     1 year reduced teaching
                                                  Full pay                children born to or
                                                                          adopted by parents
                                         Unpaid (option: pre- or
                                                                          Mothers/Fathers of
                                         postpone teaching), 6
  Brown            1 semester
                                        weeks paid sick leave for
                                                                          children born to or
                                                                          adopted by parents
                                             birth mothers
               1 term (out of three),
                                                                           Birth mothers of
Dartmouth     annual teaching cut in              Full pay
                                                                          newly born children
                        half
               1 semester relief of                                       Mothers/Fathers of
                                         Full pay (alternative: full
Middlebury   teaching, 6 weeks relief
                                            leave at half pay)
                                                                          children born to or
                of committee work                                         adopted by parents
              Faculty Parental Leave
                                                                          Who can take
             Duration of Leave               Compensation
                                                                              it?
                                         Full salary for reduced load.
             1 semester at reduced                                        Mothers or fathers
                                         For full leave you pay back
Pomona         teaching load or 1
                                             10% of salary to hire
                                                                         of children born to or
               semester full leave                                        adopted by parents
                                             temporary instructor.

           12 weeks, extendable upon        Full pay for 12 weeks,         Birth mothers of
 Tufts              request                   unpaid afterwards           newborn children

                                          Full pay for birth mothers.
              1 semester 1 course                                        Mother or fathers of
                                         Others: full pay for 1 course
Williams   release or more; full leave
                                         release or reduced pay for
                                                                         children born to or
                for birth mothers                                        adopted by parents
                                          add. courses bought back
                                                                          Mothers or fathers
 Yale             1 semester                       Full pay              of children born to or
                                                                          adopted by parents
                            Tenure Clock
Wesleyan             1 semester tenure clock extension per leave upon request

              Automatic 1 semester tenure clock extension per child for each parent of
 Bowdoin       new child (independent of leave taken); 1 semester plays out as 1 year

  Brown                                          ?

             1 year tenure clock extension for primary care givers, independent of leave
Dartmouth                                       taken.

              Automatic 1 semester tenure clock extension per leave unless otherwise
Middlebury                                  requested

              Tenure clock can be slowed down at the request of the faculty member if
 Pomona                           parental leave has been taken

  Tufts          1 year tenure clock extension upon request after birth or adoption


 Williams              1 year tenure clock extension per leave upon request

              1 year extension of appointment upon request if parental leave has been
   Yale                         taken, or 1 semester for each parent
 Further Developments – Less
          Expensive
Place available policies in easily
accessible and easily recognized site.
Small re-entry grants to faculty returning
from parental leave; for example $1500
per year for two years to finance research-
related travel and visitors.
Automatic 1-year tenure clock extension,
with possibility to opt out upon request.
 Less Expensive, continued
Encouragement for departments to plan
committee meetings during typical
elementary school hours (for example:
lunch-time meetings).
 Further Developments – More
          Expensive
Change parental leave policy to 1
semester leave at full pay.
Option of one-course reduction at full pay,
taken over two consecutive semesters
around birth.
Other options. Key: Flexibility to adapt to
personal circumstances.
A parental leave policy for graduate
students (see e.g. Dartmouth, Yale).
 More Expensive - continued
Expanded on-campus, high-quality,
affordable childcare.
On call childcare.
Allowance to take small children to
conferences.
Spousal hiring policy. E.g. Yale policy
Partially subsidized dependent care leave
(recall: Family and Medical Leave Act, see
http://www.dol.gov/esa/whd/fmla/ ).

				
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