Extension of Appointment for Primary Caregiver

The probationary period of an untenured member of the tenure-track faculty is extended one year in connection with the arrival of the faculty member’s newborn or adopted child if: (1) the faculty member, preferably before the child’s arrival but no later than six months after arrival, elects such an extension by notifying the departmental chairperson, in writing, that the faculty member intends to act as the child’s primary caregiver during the year following the child’s arrival and (2) the faculty member acts as the primary caregiver during the year following the child’s arrival.

Faculty members who become eligible to take a primary caregiver extension during their first three-year appointment may elect to apply the extension to their first three-year appointment or they may defer such extension and, if reappointed, apply it to the second appointment period. Nothing in this policy entitles a faculty member to any reappointment and, when a faculty member chooses to defer the extension until the second appointment but is not reappointed, the extension is lost. In no event are the probationary periods specified in Article IV, Section 6 of the Academic Articles increased under this policy or any other policy more than a total of two years.*

*Note: It has been proposed that the Academic Articles be permanently amended to allow for longer extensions of the tenure clock when warranted by extraordinary circumstances as defined by the provost (e.g., the COVID-19 pandemic). That proposal is currently making its way through the appropriate approval process.