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Sympathy Days or Bereavement

Amended date: 12/01/2018

The University recognizes the need for time away for bereavement of a loved one, and as such, provides an option for paid time off for all employees who meet benefit eligibility. 


You may be granted up to three (3) days of paid leave if there is a death in your immediate family. Immediate family is defined as spouse, domestic partner, children (including stepchildren), daughter/son-in-law, mother/father-in-law, parent (including stepparent), brother or sister (including stepbrother and stepsister), brother/sister-in-law, grandparent, and grandchildren. Upon request, employees may be given sympathy leave of up to three (3) days in the event of the death of a family member.


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’ employment conditions 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 Sympathy Days or Bereavement 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.