Section VI, Article 5
Graduate scholars are entitled to two weeks (ten business days) of personal leave each year. Personal leave should be scheduled in consultation with the primary research advisor. Leave scheduled in conflict with coursework or TA assignments should be rare. It is the scholar’s responsibility to inform all potential stakeholders of their plans to take leave. Scholars are reminded that, in addition to the primary research advisor, this may include:
- lab members
- collaborators outside of the lab
- committee members
- classroom instructors
- TA supervisors
Scholars are NOT required to provide a specific reason for leave, such as details of their health status or personal vacation plans.
In addition to two weeks of personal leave, scholars may take leave on Emory University’s ten observed holidays. These included:
- New Year’s Day
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Christmas Eve
- Christmas Day
- New Year’s Eve
When these holidays fall on a weekend, scholars should refer to the the Emory Human Resources Holiday Schedule to determine the observed date of the holiday. The chemistry graduate program does not observe the Winter Recess listed on this calendar.
Scholars may take advantage of personal leave when unable to perform job duties due to an illness, whether their own or a dependent’s. Scholars may request additional sick leave in consultation with their primary research advisor. Documentation may be requested. In the event of a need for significant leave–defined as more than three weeks of combined personal leave plus additional sick leave–scholars may be asked to apply for a formal leave of absence from the Laney Graduate School
Leave of Absence and Parental Leave
Scholars may request a leave of absence or parental leave from the Laney Graduate School. The first step to pursue either type of leave is to request a meeting with a member of the graduate admin team. Scholars are not required to inform their advisor of an initial meeting to discuss possible leave, but leave requests must ultimately be discussed with the advisor prior to submission of the formal request to LGS.
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