Leaves With/Without Pay

There are different types of leaves: leave with pay and leave without pay. For a detailed list of paid leaves of absences and unpaid leaves of absences please visit SF State's Human Resources leave of absence page.


The purpose of the leave with pay is to enable a faculty member to undertake professionally related activities that cannot be undertaken in the course of the person's full-time university responsibilities. Such leaves should result in developing the skills, the understandings, and professional satisfaction of the individual, thereby benefiting the university. 

The leave with pay shall be granted for the purpose of research, scholarly and creative activity, instructional improvement or faculty retraining, general study, and/or travel in connection with any of the above. Other purposes with potential for service to the university are equally appropriate. No one of the above mentioned purposes for a leave should be given priority. Faculty may apply simultaneously for different leave types but can only choose one.

For more information about leaves with pay leaves:

Leave with Pay Workshop - Fall 2022


Sabbatical Application Information Sheet

Sabbatical leaves may be granted for one semester with full pay; or for two semesters with half pay. The collective bargaining agreement (Article 27) has changed the way in which academic year, half-pay applications are evaluated. For this reason, if a faculty member receives an academic year, half-pay sabbatical, they cannot change to a one-semester, full pay sabbatical.  

Application Deadline for Lecturer Faculty is October 3, 2022

The Sabbatical application for the 2023-2024 academic year is now available here. 

The Difference in Pay Leave Application Information Sheet

Difference In Pay (DIP) leaves may be granted for one or two semesters at a difference in pay between the recipient's salary for each leave semester and the salary of a Step 1 temporary instructor.

The Difference in Pay application for the 2023-2024 academic year is now available here. 




Status of Employee Benefits While on Leave

This document provides an explanation of your employee benefits for Leave with Pay/Difference in Pay Leaves. 

Leave Information Sheet

You are required to return to full-time employment at San Francisco State University (or elsewhere in the CSU System) for the equivalent of one term for each term of leave. 

Leave With Pay Bond/Waiver of Bond Form

Submit to the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development in ADM 451 by June 1, 2023. 


Personal Leaves Without Pay

Personal leaves of absence without pay may be granted by the President. A personal leave of absence without pay may be for purposes of unpaid sick leave, outside employment, maternity/paternity, family care leave, or other purposes of a personal nature. No service credit shall accrue toward probation, sabbatical eligibility, difference in pay eligibility, service salary increase eligibility, or seniority except as provided in provisions 22.22 and 22.23 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Read more Faculty Manual, p.28.

Professional Leaves Without Pay

Professional leaves of absence without pay may be granted by the President. A professional leave of absence without pay may be for purposes of research, advanced study, professional development, or other purposes of benefit to the campus. Professional leave without pay may not be taken for outside employment. Outside employment, defined as remunerative activity that does not contribute to the campus, is considered personal leave without pay. Read more Faculty Manual, p.28.

Note: Personal and professional leaves without pay are governed by Article 22 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. A faculty member is eligible to submit a written application for a leave of absence without pay in accordance with this article.



The Leave of Absence Without Pay program (LOA/WOP) is designed to grant a full or partial leave of absence without pay for up to one (1) year.  Leaves of absence without pay may be granted for the following reasons:

  1. Loan of an employee to another governmental agency;
  2. Family leaves include childbirth, adoption or serious health condition of spouse, parent or child;
  3. Outside employment that would lessen the impact of a potential layoff, or a layoffs,
  4. Temporary incapacity due to personal illness or injury, including pregnancy;
  5. Other satisfactory reasons.

Leaves without pay granted for periods of disability related to pregnancy are subject to leaves of absence with pay provision. In addition, medical verification may be required. 


For more information about leave without pay form visit Human Resources page:

Leave of Absence Without Pay (including Family and Medical Leave) Practice Directive P415

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