Paid Time Off
Goodwin College recognizes that everyone needs to balance the time and energy we commit to our jobs and other parts of our lives. The College believes that you can provide the best service to our students when you take care of yourselves. To give you time to enjoy your other interests, Goodwin College provides you with paid time off benefits. We encourage you to use your time off benefits, with advance planning to avoid disrupting or delaying the completion of work. Full-time faculty members are eligible for annual scheduled time off, sick, holiday, bereavement and personal time.
Annual Scheduled Time Off
Every year, full-time faculty members are scheduled for four weeks of paid time off that correspond with the end of each semester. These weeks typically occur as follows: one week at the conclusion of the spring semester, one week at the conclusion of the summer semester, and two weeks at the conclusion of the fall semester. This paid time off is not accrued, cannot be exchanged for cash, will not be paid out in the event of employment termination, and cannot be rolled over into the next calendar year.
Department Chairs and Program Directors must take the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day as one vacation week, however, the additional three weeks may be taken at times other than the scheduled College breaks, with the approval of their immediate supervisor and the Dean of Faculty. This time must be tracked within the department, and will not be reflected in the HR time and attendance system.
Eligible full-time faculty earn sick days at the rate of 1.166 hours per month (based on a seven-hour work day) commencing the first day of the month following the 60-day introductory period to an annual maximum of two (2) days.
At the end of the calendar year, faculty may roll over all earned sick time into the following calendar year.
Eligible full-time faculty earn personal days at the rate of 2.33 hours per month (based on an seven-hour work day) commencing the first day of the month following the 60-day introductory period to an annual maximum of four (4) personal days. If possible, personal days must be approved one week in advance with the faculty’s immediate supervisor.
While we do encourage faculty to take paid time off, faculty may elect to carry up to one week (five days) of personal time into the following year in anticipation of personal needs for the next year.
At the end of the calendar year, faculty may elect to roll-over up to one week of personal time into the following calendar year. Any unused personal days in excess of 5 days will be paid out at the rate of $100/day (based on a seven-hour work day).
The following holidays, which occur during the semester, are considered paid holidays for full-time faculty and no classes will be held:
- Martin Luther King Day
- Presidents’ Day
- Good Friday
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Columbus Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Day following Thanksgiving
If one of the above holidays falls on a Saturday, it will be observed on the preceding Friday. If the holiday falls on a Sunday, it will be observed on the following Monday. If one of the above holidays falls on a Saturday, it will be observed on the preceding Friday. If the holiday falls on a Sunday, it will be observed on the following Monday. If one of the above holiday eves (for example, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve) falls on a week day, you may be allowed to leave at 3:00 pm based on department discretion and need.
In addition to paid holidays, faculty is urged to recognize that there are various other holidays that our students may observe due to their cultural or religious backgrounds. Please make every effort to reasonably accommodate these dates by avoiding exams and other key dates during these times.
Goodwin College allows up to five (5) days, as needed, of paid leave upon the passing of an immediate family member such as a spouse, parent, or child. Up to two (2) days of paid leave are allowed for the passing of other close family members such as a sibling, grandparent, mother-in law or father-in-law. Other needs for paid leave due to bereavement can be met with the use of personal time, with supervisor approval. Please notify your supervisor immediately after learning that you need this leave. If you determine that additional time off is needed due to extenuating circumstances (e.g. travel), personal time off may be taken with management approval.
If you should be called to serve on a jury, please notify your supervisor within 24 hours after receiving your jury duty notice. The College will pay you your regular salary for the first five (5) days of jury duty, provided you submit proof of attendance to Human Resources. Thereafter, the state will pay you jury duty pay.
If a faculty member receives a subpoena or is required to appear in court other than on direct College business, the time must be taken as earned personal time.