Bereavement Leave is an administrative leave/absence that provides fully benefits-eligible employees, who are in a paid status, 3 paid working days off for a death in the family. An employee may be granted 2 additional paid working days to attend or arrange funeral services out-of-state.

Family is defined as:

  • A parent
  • Parent-in-law
  • Brother or sister
  • Spouse
  • Child
  • Grandparents
  • Grandchildren
  • Brother or sister-in-law
  • Son-in-law or daughter-in-law
  • Any other person who is a member of the employee's established household

A parent is defined as a natural parent, step-parent, adoptive parent or surrogate parent. A child is defined as a natural child, adopted child, foster-child or stepchild.

For family members not listed above, employees may use 3 days of sick leave, plus 2 additional days to attend or arrange a funeral out of state.

Supervisors may approve additional sick leave for employees who are unable to work due to grief over the passing of a family member.


  • The employee submits a request in writing to the supervisor as soon as possible.

What Happens to Your Benefits?

  • This administrative leave/absence has no impact on the employee's benefits.

Frequently Asked Questions

Links to Policies

University Handbook for Appointed Personnel, Policy 8.02.02, 8.03.01/Classified Staff Policy Manual, Policy 208.1/University Staff Manual 3-100

Arizona Board of Regents Policy Manual, Policy 6-806