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Drexel University College of Medicine Leave of Absence

In a situation in which an employee needs to take a leave of absence, there are two options, depending on the employee's length of service:

  • FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act) – For employees who have been at DUCOM for at least one year who have a qualifying reason for a leave of absence
  • Personal Leave of Absence - Allows a leave of absence for thirty (30) calendar days in a twelve month period for approved reasons (medical, non-medical, education, family-related, extended vacation, etc.)

In either case, we recommend making an appointment with HR to discuss your leave of absence.  To make an appointment, contact Melissa Grant at or 215-895-6023.  If you need to apply for a Family and Medical Leave, please contact MetLife at 1-877-638-8262. 

Effective January 5, 2009, the City of Philadelphia adopted a new ordinance called "Entitlement to Leave Due to Domestic or Sexual Violence [PDF]." If you, or a family or household member, have been the victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking you may be entitled to take certain amounts of unpaid leave from work.  Learn more about your rights to unpaid leave due to domestic or sexual violence on the this flyer [PDF] or the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations website.


The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal government act that applies to employers who employ 50 or more employees and public agencies. Covered employers are required to provide eligible employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave each year.

Employees who have been employed by Drexel University for at least twelve months (this employment period does not have to be consecutive) and have performed at least 1,250 hours of service during that time are eligible.

The FMLA also requires covered employers to continue health benefits coverage during the leave. After completion of the leave, the employee must be restored to the same or an equivalent position at DUCOM.

For more information, read our FMLA policy.

Personal Leave of Absence

Professional Staff Members may request a Personal Leave of Absence for up to thirty (30) calendar days in a twelve-month period. The length of the leave, and Drexel’s ability to grant it, will depend upon the department’s or college’s ability to make personnel adjustments that will ensure its continuous and satisfactory functioning during the Professional Staff Member’s absence. Approval of a Personal Leave of Absence is discretionary, and such a request must be approved by the Professional Staff Member’s immediate supervisor and Department Head in consultation with the HR Partner.

This policy applies to all eligible non-faculty Professional Staff Members, excluding any Professional Staff Member who is affiliated with a collective bargaining unit, provided that the Professional Staff Member (1) has been employed by Drexel University for at least one full year; (2) is in good standing (e.g., not on a Performance Improvement Plan); (3) has stated unequivocally that the Personal Leave of Absence has not been requested for the purpose of seeking or obtaining employment outside the University; and (4) has stated unequivocally that the Personal Leave of Absence has not been requested for the purpose of working for another employer or pursuing an independent business venture during such leave.

For more information, read our Personal Leave of Absence Policy.