University Senate

Proposed: Sept. 20, 1993

Adopted: Sept.20, 1993


WHEREAS,Columbia University has already expressed its commitment to parental leave, and

WHEREAS,the inadequacies of the current Columbia policy have become increasingly evident, and

WHEREAS,a uniform policy would formalize, making more broadly equitable, arrangements that may be, and in numerous cases have been, achieved at the departmental level, and

WHEREAS,the absence of a uniform policy has hindered the development of the data necessary to estimate the cost of a parental leave policy,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Columbia University recommend a parental leave policy for officers of instruction incorporating the following points:

The following policy applies to Officers of Instruction, including full-time faculty "in a professorial rank with unmodified titles (professor, associate professor, and assistant professor) and certain members of the clinical faculty" (Faculty Handbook, p. 40) as well as Senior Lecturers and Lecturers who have taught full-time at Columbia for two years or longer.


An Officer who assumes primary care responsibility for a newborn or newly-adopted infant is entitled to fully paid prorated relief from major duties for one term or half-time for two terms, to fall within one year of the birth or adoption).

For faculty, work load relief is construed to cover teaching and major committee responsibilities.

An Officer who desires work load relief should submit written notification to the Dean or designated administrator, with a copy to the department chair or head, well in advance of the term for which relief is sought. The notification should specify the extent of the individual's responsibility for providing child care and the extent of relief sought (full-time for a term or half-time for a year). Full-time leave for a semester does not contribute toward establishing sabbatical eligibility; half-time leave for a year contributes one semester toward sabbatical eligibility.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that implementation of this policy will be at the discretion of the individual school.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the University administration 1) report to the Senate by March, 1994, on its progress in implementing this policy and 2) be directed to gather data on the effect of this policy and present the data to the Senate within six months of the completion of the first year of the policy's implementation, and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that, at such latter time, the Senate consider the issue of extending this policy to officers of all categories, thereby making the policy more broadly equitable.

Proponent: Commission on the Status of Women