Time Away

Bereavement Leave

Effective May 1, 2018, paid time off is available to staff in the event of the death of an immediate family member (time varies by family relationship) to make funeral arrangements, attend the funeral and burial, pay respect to the family at a wake or visitation and to tend to other ancillary matters than an employee must address when a loved one dies.

Court Leave

Employees will be granted court leave to appear as a witness, or to serve as a juror in any court of law.

Family and Medical Leave

Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) is a federal law to help employees balance work responsibilities with family and medical demands. While on an approved FMLA, faculty or staff members who are benefits eligible will not experience any disruption in their insurance coverage. 


Employees will be provided with paid time away from work to observe various national and religious holidays.

Maternity Leave and Primary Caregiver Leave

Baylor University seeks to support faculty and staff members who are adding to their family through birth or adoption. Maternity leave and primary caregiver leave are provided for under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Non-Compensated Leaves of Absence

Eligible faculty and staff may receive non-compensated leaves of absence for educational purposes, personal needs, sick leaves, or military leave. While an individual is on an approved non-compensated leave of absence, they may be eligible to continue their benefits. The type of leave will determine benefit eligibility, duration of eligibility, and monthly insurance premiums.

Paid Military / Emergency Responder Leave

Baylor University honors and supports our staff members who serve in state or national military branches or as a FEMA emergency responder by providing paid time off for active duty or training. Baylor will provide up to 4 weeks (160 hours) of Paid Military / Emergency Responder Leave per federal fiscal year. 

Paid Caregiver Leave

Baylor University recognizes the need to provide paid time off for staff to care for themselves, their spouse, children or parent who has a serious health condition. This policy will also provide paid time off to staff for exigency leave and military caregiver leave.

Paid Parental Leave

Informed by Baylor’s Christian commitment to cultivate a caring community, Baylor University’s Parental Leave Policy gives parents time and flexibility to bond with their new child(ren) and to foster work-life balance that is vital to families’ capacity to flourish. 

Sick Time

Baylor University offers eligible staff members a variety of opportunities to help assess, improve and maintain every aspect of physical health, including time to be used when you or a family member is ill.  

Vacation Time

Emotional & Social Wellbeing involves understanding yourself and the way in which you develop and maintain positive relationships while adapting to a constantly changing environment. To support this area, eligible staff members receive paid vacation time.