Paid Release Time for Hurricane Relief Efforts
Hurricane season is officially upon us, and the National Hurricane Center is predicting another very active storm season for the north Atlantic region this year. With many areas of the country still trying to recover fully from last year’s devastation, the start of this year’s hurricane season brings with it a great deal of anxiety. Even though the country is more aware and better prepared now, the potential for extraordinary damage and destruction still exists.
With this in mind, the University is once again offering paid release time for hurricane volunteers. Penn faculty and staff interested in volunteering for organizations involved in hurricane relief efforts may be granted up to 3 consecutive weeks (15 consecutive working days) of paid administrative leave. This special leave policy will be in effect until June 30, 2007.
Guidelines for release time include:
1. All decisions will be at the discretion of the School/Center and should consider School/Center operational needs.
2. Release time may be granted for faculty and regular full-time and part-time staff.
3. Release time may only be granted for official volunteer operations requiring travel to the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina.
4. Individuals requesting release time should provide management with appropriate documentation supporting the request.
5. Paid leave will be for regular hours worked, and will not count against paid time off balances.
6. Requests for additional time off will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with normal University policies.
These guidelines are designed to assist managers; the decision to grant release time is at the sole discretion of the School/Center. The provisions outlined above will apply to time away from work up to and including June 30, 2007. Based on facts and circumstances, these provisions may be modified at a future date.
—Amy Gutmann, President
—Ron Daniels, Provost
—Craig Carnaroli, Executive Vice President
Almanac, Vol. 53, No. 1, July 11, 2006