A sabbatical leave shall be for purposes that provide a benefit to the CSU, such as research, scholarly and creative activity, instructional improvement or faculty retraining.


A full-time faculty unit employee shall be eligible for a sabbatical leave if he/she has served full-time for six (6) years at that campus in the preceding seven (7) year period prior to the leave and at least six (6) years after any previous sabbatical leave or difference in pay leave. Credit granted towards the completion of the probationary period for service elsewhere shall also apply towards fulfilling the eligibility requirements for a sabbatical. A leave of absence without pay or service in an academic administrative appointment excluded from the bargaining unit shall not constitute a break in service for eligibility requirements.


The faculty unit employee shall submit an application for a sabbatical leave. The application shall include a statement of the purpose of the sabbatical, a description of the proposed project and the CSU resources, if any, necessary to carry it out, and a statement of the time requested, which shall not exceed one (1) year.


Application and response deadlines shall be established by the President after considering recommendations from the Professional Leave Committee.


A Professional Leave Committee composed of tenured faculty unit employees shall review sabbatical applications. The sabbatical leaves committee shall be elected by probationary and tenured faculty unit employees. A faculty unit employee applying for a sabbatical leave shall not be eligible for election to the Professional Leave Committee. The recommendation ensuing from such a review shall be submitted to the appropriate administrator. This review shall consider questions related to the quality of the proposed sabbatical project.


A copy of the application shall be sent to the faculty unit employee's department. The department shall provide a statement to the appropriate administrator regarding the possible effect on the curriculum and the operation of the department should the employee be granted a sabbatical.


Prior to making a recommendation to the President regarding the sabbatical leave application, the appropriate administrator shall consider the recommendations pursuant to provisions 27.5 and 27.6 above, other campus program needs and campus budget implications.


Prior to making a final determination regarding the sabbatical leave and the conditions of such an approved leave, the President shall consider the recommendations made pursuant to provisions 27.5, 27.6, and 27.7 above. The President shall respond in writing to the applicant and such a response shall include the reasons for approval or denial. If a sabbatical leave is granted, the response shall include any conditions of such a leave. A copy of this response shall be provided to the affected department and the Professional Leave Committee.


Final approval of a sabbatical leave shall not be granted until the applicant has filed with the President a suitable bond or an accepted statement of assets (not including PERS holdings) and/or a promissory note that is individually or collectively at least equal to the amount of salary paid during the leave. The guarantee posted shall indemnify the State of California against loss in the event the employee fails to render the required service in the CSU following return of the employee from the sabbatical leave. The guarantee posted shall immediately be canceled in full upon completion of required service or upon waiver of that service by mutual agreement of the faculty member and the CSU.


  1. It is the intent of this Article that faculty unit employees eligible for sabbatical leave who meet the conditions of this Article receive their sabbatical leave, subject to provision 27.7 above.

  2. In no case shall a campus grant fewer sabbatical leaves than the number of leaves budgeted for that campus in the 1991-1992 CSU Budget.

  3. Arrangements may be developed by the department and approved by the President to accommodate granting sabbatical leaves for faculty unit employees whose leaves have been approved. Such arrangements may include rearranging workload within the department, and other University funding. No faculty unit employee will be involuntarily required to work in an overload situation by such arrangements.


The salary of a faculty employee on a sabbatical leave shall be in accordance with the following:

  1. one (1) semester at full salary;
  2. two (2) semesters at one-half (1/2) of full salary;
  3. one (1) quarter at full salary;
  4. two (2) quarters at three-fourths (3/4) of full salary;
  5. three (3) quarters at one-half (1/2) of full salary.

The salary of a librarian faculty unit employee on a sabbatical leave shall be in accordance with the following:

At semester campuses:

  1. four (4) months at full salary;
  2. eight (8) months at one-half (1/2) of full salary.

At quarter campuses:

  1. three (3) months at full salary;
  2. six (6) months at three-fourths (3/4) of full salary;
  3. nine (9) months at one-half (1/2) of full salary.


A sabbatical of two (2) semesters or two (2) or three (3) quarters may be implemented within a two (2) consecutive year period, subject to the recommendations of the Professional Leave Committee and the appropriate administrator and the approval of the President.


A faculty unit employee on sabbatical leave shall be considered in work status and shall receive health, dental and appropriate fringe benefits provided by the CSU in the same manner as if he/she were not on sabbatical leave.


A faculty unit employee on sabbatical leave shall be entitled to accrue sick leave, vacation, and service credit toward merit salary adjustment eligibility, eligibility toward promotion, if applicable, and seniority credit.


A faculty unit employee on sabbatical leave shall not accept additional and/or outside employment without prior approval of the President.


A faculty unit employee granted a sabbatical leave may be required by the President to provide verification that the conditions of the leave were met. The statement of verification shall be provided to the President and the Professional Leave Committee.


A faculty unit employee shall render service to the CSU upon return from a sabbatical leave at the rate of one (1) term of service for each term of leave.

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Last updated: October 10, 2002

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