Sabbatical Leave - Appointed Personnel

Sabbatical leave is granted at the discretion of the administration to enable appointed personnel to make advances in their profession, to remain effective in current positions, or to render the greatest possible service to The University of Arizona.


  • Appointed personnel who have served on full-time continuous fiscal or academic year appointments at the University for no less than 6 years;
  • Who have tenure or continuing status; and,
  • Who intends to return to the University for a period of further service equal to the length of the leave.
  • Following a sabbatical leave, 6 years of additional service are required before becoming eligible for another such leave.


  • Forms and instructions for applying for sabbatical leave may be obtained from the dean's or director's office.
  • Each college/vice presidential area has a Sabbatical Leave Advisory Committee of at least 3 people.
  • Applications are reviewed by the appropriate department head and dean/vice president or director.
  • The final approval of sabbatical leave applications occurs in the college/vice presidential area.
  • A candidate whose sabbatical proposal is rejected by the dean/vice president has the right to appeal to the University's Sabbatical Leave Advisory Committee.

What Happens to Your Benefits?

  • This leave has no impact on the employee's current benefits. Benefit premiums will continue to be deducted from the employee's paycheck.

Frequently Asked Questions

Appointed personnel on an academic year appointment may apply for a sabbatical leave of either one or two semesters. Appointed personnel on a fiscal-year appointment may request leave of either 6 or 12 months. In addition, fiscal year employees with teaching assignments who take a leave of 6 months must arrange to be present during one of the two regular semesters.

If the leave is for two semesters or one fiscal year, the University will pay compensation at three-fifths of your normal salary. If the leave is for one semester or six months, the University will pay the full salary.

No, time served in excess of six years may not be accumulated toward future sabbaticals.

If you withdraw your application after it has been approved, every effort will be made in department planning to approve the sabbatical for the following year. However, such approval cannot be guaranteed, and the period of the delay does not count toward the next sabbatical.

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