Human Resources

Staff Policies

VIII. Time Off/Leaves of Absence

F. Unpaid medical leave

Reed College reserves the right to change, terminate or otherwise modify any or all provisions of the following benefits at any time and for any reason.


All regular full-time and regular part-time employees who have been employed in an eligible class for six months.  During the first six months of employment, the employee may take unpaid medical leave only in exceptional circumstances such as a short-term emergency.

The program:

An employee may submit a written request for an unpaid medical leave of absence for the employee's extended illness or incapacity; however, the employee must first have exhausted all accrued paid sick leave and paid vacation leave and/or other leaves for which the employee may be eligible.  The total length of unpaid medical leave, including time spent on sick leave, vacation leave and/or other leaves for which the employee may be eligible, is six months. 

Approval for an unpaid medical leave of absence must have the prior approval of the supervisor, the appropriate Vice President and Human Resources.  Approval is at the sole discretion of the college.  The employee must have a written statement from a health care provider confirming the need for medical leave at the beginning of the leave and a written release when returning from leave.

An employee is not eligible for holiday pay or accrual of vacation and sick leave while on unpaid medical leave.

last revised: 2/13/2012

last reviewed: 2/13/2012

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