Summary of Leave Benefits

Clemson University provides paid and unpaid leave benefits for eligible employees. While the following information does not include all methods for taking paid or unpaid leave, it does offer a brief overview of leave benefits provided. Additional information regarding leave benefits can be found by accessing the Lifestyle section of our webpage or by contacting a benefits counselor.

Annual Leave

Paid time off to be used for approved absences regarded as vacations, rest and relaxation, personal business or emergencies.

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Staff Members

Eligibility requirements:

Eligible staff members include those:

  • In a full-time equivalent (FTE) or time-limited position (TLP), and
  • Have weekly standard hours of 20 or more

Accruals:

  • Eligible staff members with weekly standard hours of 37.5 earn 9 hours and 22 minutes of annual leave per month (one and a quarter days’ time per month; 3 weeks per year).
  • Eligible staff members with weekly standard hours other than 37.5 accrue a pro-rated amount of annual leave based on their weekly standard hours.
  • Eligible staff members with state service time (time in an FTE position) of more than 10 years earn a bonus of one and a quarter days’ time of annual leave per year for each year of service over 10 years.

Faculty Members

Eligibility requirements:

Eligible faculty members include those:

  • In a full-time equivalent (FTE) position, or time-limited position (TLP), and
  • Have weekly standard hours of 20 or more

Accruals:

  • Eligible faculty members with 19 years of Clemson service or less and with weekly standard hours of 37.5, earn 11 hours and 15 minutes of annual leave per month (one and a half days’ time or 18 days per year).
  • Eligible faculty members with more than 19 years of Clemson service and with weekly standard hours of 37.5, earn 18 hours and 45 minutes of annual leave per month (two and a half days’ time or 30 days per year).
  • Eligible faculty members with weekly standard hours other than 37.5 accrue a pro-rated amount of annual leave based on their weekly standard hours.
Does not apply to 9-month faculty

Annual Leave Details

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

A Federal law that entitles eligible faculty and staff members to take unpaid, job-protected leave for an approved period of time for a qualifying reason.

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Eligibility requirements:

Eligible faculty and staff members include those:

  • Who have been employed by a State of South Carolina agency for at least 12 months,
  • Have worked at least 1,250 hours in the previous 12 months, and
  • Have experienced a qualifying event

Qualifying Events:

Serious Health Condition

  • You are unable to work because of your own serious health condition.
  • You need to care for your spouse, child or parent who has a serious health condition.

Military Family Leave

  • Your leave is for specified reasons related to certain military deployments.
  • You need to care for a covered service member with a serious injury or illness.

Expanding Your Family

  • You are unable to work because of the birth of a child and to bond with the newborn child.
  • You are unable to work because of the placement of a child for adoption or foster care and to bond with that child.
Same as 12-month faculty

FMLA Details

Grant Personal Leave

Paid time off to be used for approved absences regarded as vacations, rest and relaxation, personal business, emergencies, personal illness or the illness of a family member.

12-Month Staff and 12-Month Faculty 9-Month Faculty

Eligibility requirements:

Eligible faculty and staff members include those:

  • In temporary grant project positions (TGP), and
  • Have weekly standard hours of 20 or more

Accruals:

  • Eligible faculty and staff members with weekly standard hours of 37.5 earn 11 hours and 15 minutes of grant person leave per month (one and a half days’ time; 18 days per year).
  • Eligible faculty and staff members with weekly standard hours other than 37.5 accrue a pro-rated amount of grant personal leave based on their weekly standard hours.
Does not apply to 9-month faculty

Grant Personal Leave Details

Holidays

A day set aside by custom or by law in which normal University activities are suspended or reduced, yet eligible faculty and staff members are paid as if the University is fully open.

12-Month Staff and 12-Month Faculty 9-Month Faculty

Eligibility requirements:

Eligible faculty and staff members include those:

  • In a full-time equivalent (FTE) position, and
  • Have weekly standard hours of 1 or more

OR

  • In a time-limited or temporary grant project position, and
  • Have weekly standard hours of 20 or more

Optional Holiday:

  • Those deemed eligible above are permitted to use the predetermined number of paid optional holidays per calendar year in addition to University paid holidays.

Holiday Calendar:

  • Those deemed eligible are able to observe holidays with pay as published in the University Holiday Schedule. Such faculty and staff members within the Public Service and Agricultural (PSA) division are permitted to observe holidays with pay as communicated by the vice president of PSA.
Does not apply to 9-month faculty

View Holiday Calendar

Other Leave

Additional types of paid and unpaid leave available to eligible faculty and staff members.

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Eligibility requirements:

Eligible faculty and staff members include those:

  • In a full-time equivalent (FTE), time-limited position (TLP), or temporary grant project position (TGP), and
  • Have weekly standard hours of 20 or more

Additional Leave Options:

  • Additional types of paid and unpaid leave available to eligible faculty and staff members include administrative leave, adoption leave, American Red Cross certified disaster leave, blood drive and donation leave, bone marrow/donor leave, court leave, death in immediate family leave, hazardous weather leave, military leave, organ donor leave, educational leave, and voting leave.
Same as 12-month faculty

Other Leave Details

Sick Leave

Paid time off to be used due to a personal illness or an immediate family member’s illness. An immediate family member is classified as a spouse or child of the faculty or staff member, or the mother, father, brother, sister, grandparent, legal guardian, and grandchild of the faculty or staff member or the spouse.

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Eligibility requirements:

Eligible faculty and staff members include those:

  • In a full-time equivalent (FTE) or time-limited position (TLP), and
  • Have weekly standard hours of 20 or more

Accruals:

  • Eligible faculty and staff members with weekly standard hours of 37.5 earn 9 hours and 22 minutes of sick leave per month (one and a quarter days’ time per month; 3 weeks per year).
  • Eligible faculty and staff members with weekly standard hours other than 37.5 accrue a pro-rated amount of sick leave based on their weekly standard hours.

Family Sick Leave:

  • In coordination with the eligible faculty or staff members accrued sick leave, eligible employees may request to use up to 10 days of their owned accrued sick leave to care for an immediate family member.
Same as 12-month faculty

Sick Leave Details