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Graduate Assistantships Family Medical Leave Policy
Oregon State University has an interest in providing family medical leave to eligible Graduate Assistants on a current assistantship, pursuant to this policy.
For parental leave, Graduate Assistants on a current assistantship appointed at 0.2 FTE and above are eligible to take leave consistent with the remaining terms of this policy.
For all other leave due to a serious health condition, Graduate Assistants on a current assistantship appointed at 0.2 FTE and above for twelve (12) consecutive months or a full academic year are eligible to take leave consistent with the remaining terms of this policy.
“Family” is defined as it is defined in the Oregon Family Medical Leave Act, which includes same-sex domestic partners.
“Parental leave” is defined as it is defined in the Oregon Family Medical Leave Act.
“Serious health condition” is a condition that meets the definition of the same term in the federal Family Medical Leave Act.
All eligible Graduate Assistants on a current assistantship may take up to 12 weeks of a continuous block of leave from their appointment as parental leave or to care for their own serious health condition or that of a family member. OSU will continue to pay for their health insurance during this leave period at the same level it would pay as if they had not taken leave.
For parental leave, Graduate Assistants may take advantage of this leave policy once per new child. For all other leave due to a serious health condition of the eligible Graduate Assistant or his/her family member, only one leave may be granted during their tenure at OSU.
Intermittent leave periods are not available under this policy, although eligible Graduate Students may opt to take less than the full twelve-week period of leave.
One parental leave period will be shared by both parents if they are both entitled to family medical leave (by law or policy) from a position at OSU, although the distribution of the leave between the parents (100% by one parent, 50-50 between parents, etc.) is at the discretion of the parents.
A leave taken under this policy does not extend a Graduate Assistant’s contractual appointment. In other words, if a Graduate Assistant’s appointment ends during a leave period, the eligible Graduate Assistant’s position and leave period end at the same time. Failure to return to an existing appointment upon completion of the leave may result in the Graduate Assistant’s having to repay the benefits received while on approved leave.
To request leave under this policy, a Graduate Assistant must contact the Office of Human Resources (OHR) at (541) 737-5946 or by email at email@example.com. OHR will follow the same procedures it follows for employee leave requests, to the extent not inconsistent with this policy.