Personal Days

Amended date: 12/01/2018

The University recognizes the need for work/life balance, and as such, provides a generous paid time off for all employees who meet benefit eligibility.  Personal days are awarded annually and can be used throughout the year, which allows paid time off for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation.


Based on their regularly scheduled hours, full-time Tufts employees receive two (2) personal days per fiscal year, July 1-June 30. Part-time and part-year employees receive pro-rated personal days based on their regular work schedule. These days must be used each year and do not accrue. Unused personal days are not paid upon termination. When scheduling a personal day, employees are expected to give their supervisor sufficient notice.

During the first year of employment, employees hired between July 1 and December 31 will receive two (2) personal days. Employees hired between January 1 and March 30 will receive one (1) personal day. Personal days may not be utilized during the trial period.


Staff: any benefits-eligible employee who has standard hours of 17.5 hours/week or more and is not otherwise covered by a collective bargaining agreement.  Postdoctoral scholars’ hiring practices are outlined in the postdoc handbook.  Faculty should refer to the by-laws of their primary school affiliation for guidance.

Related Links and Resources:

Postdoctoral Scholars’ Handbook:


This Personal Days Statement is part of the HR Employee Policies and Procedures that can be found at here

Disclaimer: Changes to this policy and the handbook in which it is maintained may be made at any time, at the sole discretion of the University and is not a contract. Employment by the University is at will and either the employee or the University may end the employment relationship at any time.