Leave for Faculty & Staff

American University is dedicated to supporting our faculty and staff by providing paid time off opportunities including annual leave (vacation), sick leave, holidays and leave for new parents.

Benefit Enhancements Effective July 1, 2020 

American University enhanced its leave plans, specifically around parental and family leave, short term medical, and bereavement leave to respond to issues raised by staff and faculty and further our commitment to the health and wellbeing of our community.  

Annual & Sick Leave

Full-time staff accrue 12-21 days of annual leave based on years of service. Library faculty earn 21-24 days of annual leave. Additionally, full-time staff and library faculty accrue 12 days of sick leave to care for themselves or a family member. Eligible part-time staff accrue up to 7 days of sick leave a year.

Family Care

Family Care leave provides as much as 16 weeks of unpaid time off for full-time faculty and staff to care for a family member or to manage their own medical condition.  In some cases the leave is paid.

Holidays & Closures

American University observes 12 paid holidays per year in addition to Inauguration Day every four years.

Faculty fall, winter, and spring breaks are based on the academic calendar [link to Academic Calendar] in addition to university holidays and closures.

Illness & Injury

This leave provides full-time faculty and staff time to recover from short and long-term illness or injury

Parental Leave

Parental leave provides eligible full-time faculty and staff 8 weeks of paid leave to bond with a new child, including adopted and foster children. 

Other Leave

Full-Time Faculty 

  • Faculty fall, winter and spring breaks 

  • Sabbatical leave 

  • Research leave 

  • Leave without pay 

Full-Time Staff 

  • Bereavement 

  • Jury Duty 

  • Military Leave 

  • Leave without pay