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Policy 618 - Bereavement Leave

618. Bereavement Leave


The University provides leaves of absence in situations of bereavement for employees to attend to personal obligations.



All regular and fixed term employees are eligible for bereavement leave.

Leave Availability

An employee may be paid for up to five (5) working days when there is a death of an employee’s spouse or person who stands in substantially the same relationship, son, daughter, child’s other parent, father, mother, brother, sister, father-in-law, mother-in-law, grandchild or grandparents, and/or anyone with whom the employee has an in loco parentis relationship. This paid leave is for attending funerals, memorial services and for discharging responsibilities related to the death of the family member. Days of leave may be taken consecutively or split as needed. If additional time off is needed, a supervisor may approve use of accrued vacation or time off without pay.

Compensation During Leave

A bereavement leave will be paid based on the employee’s normally scheduled hours at the regular straight time hourly rate.

Notification and Certification Requirements

The employee’s immediate supervisor should be notified within a reasonable amount of time.


Employees are responsible for notifying their supervisor of leave as soon as possible and for following the notification and certification requirements of this policy. Supervisors are responsible for ensuring proper administration of paid leave and leave scheduling.


Contact Human Resources if you have questions or if you would like more information about this policy.

Policy Approved: October 23, 1998

Last Updated: October 28, 1998

Last Reviewed: June 30 2022

Maintainer: Human Resources

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