Sabbatical Leave Contract Language

Details of the Faculty Contract

From the 2014-2017 Faculty Contract:


  1. Sabbatical leaves shall be granted to unit members, under provisions of the Education Code, for the purpose of carrying out an approved program which will enable the unit member to provide improved service to the District and its students. Consideration will be given to programs which involve an appropriate program of organized study, research, or travel.
  2. Sabbatical leave application, processing, approval, and compensation for unit members for fiscal year 2006-07 and thereafter shall be in accordance with the following provisions:
    1. Faculty members may apply for a sabbatical leave during their sixth consecutive year of full-time service, or during their sixth consecutive year of full-time service following a sabbatical leave, such that the faculty member will have completed six consecutive years of full-time service by the beginning of his or her sabbatical leave.
    2. After completing a sabbatical leave, a unit member is not again eligible to apply for such leave until he/she has served on a full-time basis for at least six (6) additional consecutive years. A leave for health, maternity, military service, or professional improvement, while not constituting a break in continuity of service, will not count as one of the six (6) years required for sabbatical eligibility.
    3. The District shall allocate funds in the District budget for financing of sabbatical leaves for up to a maximum of twelve (12) of the eligible unit members. Apportionment of sabbatical leaves between the District colleges shall be as follows: the number of leaves assigned to Fresno City College and Reedley College-North Centers shall be based upon the ratio of full-time faculty members at Fresno City College and at Reedley-North Centers to the total of all faculty employed by the State Center Community College District.
    4. If an insufficient number of candidates apply, or if an insufficient number of applications are recommended by the committee for sabbatical leave as having met the written criteria for sabbatical leave consideration, the application period will be extended for an additional three (3) weeks. All faculty shall be notified of the extension and reasons for such. If, after the extension an insufficient number still fails to meet the minimum written qualifications, the President may recommend fewer leaves than that number allocated to the college.
    5. Leaves granted will be distributed among the various divisions of a college so as not to impair the instructional program.
    6. The unit member applying for a sabbatical leave will agree to serve the District for at least two (2) years immediately following completion of the leave. The unit member is expected to complete his or her sabbatical leave as indicated in his or her approved sabbatical leave proposal.
    7. Each unit member applying for sabbatical leave shall submit a formal application (Form No.P-21) to the appropriate committee for sabbatical leaves prior to November 1 of the academic year preceding the academic year of the proposed leave. The committee at each college shall consist of the Vice President of Instruction, acting as chairperson, the division dean or comparable position, and an equal number of faculty members appointed by the President of the Academic Senate.
      The Vice President of Student Services will serve as an ex-officio member when considering applications from the counseling student services area.
      The committee at each institution shall provide the college president with a recommended rank order of leave applications which shall be submitted to the Chancellor, along with the president's recommendations, if any, for subsequent presentation to the Board of Trustees.
      Applications submitted after the deadline date will be given consideration when accompanied by valid reasons. Valid reasons normally will be limited to government, professional, or academic programs which materialize after the deadline date.
    8. Within one (1) semester after return to duty, a unit member who has completed a sabbatical leave will submit to the committee for sabbatical leaves and for distribution among faculty, a written report covering the period of the sabbatical. When applicable, a transcript or other evidence of completion of the planned program will accompany this report. A copy of each sabbatical leave report, together with the committee's evaluation, shall be forwarded through the college president's office to the Chancellor not later than one (1) semester after return to duty.
      If the committee's evaluation reflects that the sabbatical leave report is unacceptable and/or the terms and conditions of the sabbatical were not fully met, the unit member has one additional semester to rectify the problem. If the evaluation remains "unacceptable" at the conclusion of the semester, the District has the right to reclaim through automatic payroll deduction from the unit member that percentage of the sabbatical stipend that in the committee's viewpoint reflects the unit member's degree of incompletion.
    9. Compensation while on sabbatical leave will be computed in accordance with the salary schedule in effect during the period of leave and will be paid in equal monthly payments. A sabbatical leave will be counted as service and experience on the salary schedule.
    10. Sabbatical leaves may be granted as follows:
      1. One (1) semester at one hundred percent (100%) of full salary, or
      2. One (1) full academic year at sixty-five percent (65%) of full salary, or
      3. Two (2) semesters within three (3) academic years at sixty-five percent (65%) of full salary. If the option of two (2) semesters within three (3) academic years is elected, the service between semesters will be credited toward a subsequent sabbatical.
    11. Unit members on a full-year sabbatical may work for outside employers (or themselves) and receive remuneration, so long as the combined income from the District's 65% salary payment and the outside remuneration does not exceed 100% of what the unit member would receive on the regular faculty salary schedule. Any excess amounts shall adjust the District's 65% salary payment downward to maintain the 100% salary figure. Outside income that a unit member previously and regularly received during a school year is not affected by the provisions of this section, which apply only to additional employment that a unit member secures during the sabbatical year. Income that a unit member may receive from an employer as a part of his or her sabbatical leave also is not affected by the provisions of this section. Unit members, on a one-semester leave, upon approval may work for outside employers and receive remuneration if the income was previously and regularly received during the prior two school years. Additional employment must receive prior approval from the Sabbatical Leave Committee.
    12. Time on sabbatical leave will count towards retirement. The District shall pay retirement benefits and fringe benefits for the unit member on leave. District paid health and welfare benefits shall end if the employee receives reasonably comparable health and welfare benefits (including dependent coverage) from any other employer.