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March-April 1993 AWM Family Leave Principles Statement for P&A Webpage

Note: AWM recognizes the need for family leave and family-friendly policies. The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides certain employees with leave. We applaud institutions who go beyond the letter of the law.

Further Resources

2010 AWM Childcare Statement

Designing and Implementing Family-Friendly Policies in Higher Education, a study by Gilia C. Smith and Jean A. Waltman published by the Center for the Education of Women at the University of Michigan.

Creating a Family Friendly Department: Chairs and Deans Toolkit

 

The following is provided for archival purposes:

AWM FAMILY LEAVE PRINCIPLES

prepared by Anita Solow, Grinnell College

March-April 1993

Several years ago, Rhonda Hughes created an AWM Task Force on Maternity Leave to examine what was happening to women in academe when they decided to have children. The first thing that we did was to collect both official policies and personal stories. What we discovered was that most schools had no policy and that women were largely relying on luck, good timing, and the generosity of their colleagues. One large problem was that, for many women, the only recourse they had was to beg their co-workers to cover their classes. This led to a great deal of pressure for women to return to the classroom shortly after the birth.

AWM recognizes the need for parental leave. We need to make the workplace more responsive to the needs of the employees. And, as we all know, the pre-tenure years strongly overlap with child-bearing years. What follows is a list of principles that AWM supports. Feel free to use this list at your institution as a basis for developing parental leave guidelines.

Leave with pay

Duration: a minimum of six weeks, up to one term or semester

Cause: birth or adoption of child

Eligibility: parent with child responsibility. Must be a full-time faculty member with at least one year of service.

Process: It is the responsibility of the administration to fund leave replacements for the faculty on parental leave.

Tenure clock: can be stopped for up to one year at the request of the faculty member on parental leave.

Leave without pay

Duration: up to one year

Cause: care of sick child or parent

Eligibility: faculty member with responsibility for care. Must be a full-time faculty member with at least one year of service.

Process: It is the responsibility of the administration to fund leave replacements for the faculty on parental leave.

Tenure clock: should be handled the same way as for any faculty member on a leave without pay.
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