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Policy Title :
Professional Development Leave Policy
Policy Number :
I. E-4
Responsible Party :
Human Resources
Effective Date :
05/12/2013
Revised Date :
_______________________

Purpose

To declare PMU guidelines with regards to Professional Development Leave and ensure uniform interpretation and application of this policy.

Statement :

Leave Application

An employee wishing to attend a seminar, workshop or conference for the purposes of their professional development is to submit a Professional Development Leave form to their immediate supervisor.

Documentation

The employee is to attach all supporting documents to the application form including a description of the nature of the activity, location, dates, copy of program, travel itinerary, and any other relevant information.

Department Assessment

The Dean or Director is to assess whether the department can accommodate the absence of the employee for the period of the professional development leave.

Upon the signature of the Rector, a letter shall be sent by Human Resources, to the applicant indicating the decision, with copies to the relevant Department Director/Chairman.  Where applications have been approved, Human Resources will forward the original application form with any other relevant information required for processing by Budgets and Accounting.
Upon returning from the leave, the employee must submit verification of attendance to their Department as well as a report on the activities.  Failure to submit such verification and report will result in repayment by the employee to PMU and the period of absence treated as a leave without pay.