Disability Leave Without Pay
For an extended period of disability due to illness, injury or maternity, exceeding the amount of accrued sick leave, the employee may apply for leave without pay which, along with any paid leave that has been taken, will not exceed 180 days. The written request for leave without pay will specify inclusive dates. The request will not be denied for bona fide illness or disability for permanent employees. The leave without pay will be granted with reinstatement privileges to the same position or one of a comparable grade for which the employee is qualified. Coastal Carolina University requires a physician’s certificate or other acceptable documentation verifying the disability and giving the projected inclusive dates of disability prior to approval. Dates set forth in the physician’s certificate can be amended by the Physician. Coastal Carolina University may require additional documentation from the physician issuing the certificate, may secure additional documentation from the physician issuing the certificate or may secure additional medical opinions from other physicians. As long as the disability is certified by a physician, the amount of leave authorized will not exceed:
- 180 calendar days of combined leave with pay and leave without pay, or
- 180 working days of leave with pay.
Otherwise, the employee will forfeit reinstatement privileges and be separated from State service. In extenuating circumstances, the President or his designee, at his or her discretion, may extend the period of leave to a total of 365 days.
The employee will have the option of using or retaining accrued annual leave prior to Disability Leave Without Pay. The employee will use all sick leave before going on Disability Leave Without Pay status unless the President or his designee, at his or her discretion, grants an exception at the employee’s request.
To request Leave Without Pay for Illness or Disability, the eligible employee will complete an Application for Leave Without Pay form and have their physician complete a Certification of Health Care Provider. These forms are available in the Campus Office of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity. For more information on Disability Leave, please contact the Benefits Office in the Office of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity.