Leave & Holidays

Leave & Holidays

UNCSA values work-life balance. We hope you shine at work and in other important aspects of your life.  The State, UNC System and UNCSA offer time off.

All UNC System Leave Benefits

Frequently-Used Leave Benefits

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State full-time employees receive 12 paid holidays annually.

See Holiday Schedule

Note: Personal Observance Leave is available to leave earning employees (SHRA and EHRA non-faculty staff) and is now visible on Employee Leave Reports as 'Personal Obsrv Leave Taken'.  Please use this code when recording Personal Observance Leave.

Refer to the UNCSA Faculty Manual and the UNC Policy Manual.

UNCSA's Office of Faculty Affairs can assist you as well.

Employees are encouraged to participate in volunteer activities by providing flexibility in work schedules and paid leave opportunities. Learn more on the UNC System Human Resources and the NC Office of State Human Resources.

Staff Council Volunteer Community Service Opportunities

The Family Illness Leave is provided for an employee to care for the employee's child, parent, or spouse when that child, parent, or spouse has a serious health condition. Refer to UNCSA Policy 618.


The Medical Leave Policy outlines leave entitlements to employees in case of the employee's or a family member's serious illness. Refer to UNCSA Policy 618.

NC Office of State Human Resources:

UNCSA will provide a maximum of 15 days of leave under the applicable policies defined in UNCSA Policy 619 and on the NC Office of State Human Resources website.

Paid Parental Leave provides:

Eight weeks of paid leave to be provided to an eligible University employee who has given birth for both recuperation during the disability period (Recuperation Leave) and bonding with a newborn child (Bonding Leave), and four weeks of paid leave provided to other eligible University employees to care for and bond with a newborn child or newly adopted, foster, or otherwise legally placed child (Bonding Leave).

An employee’s eligibility for Paid Parental Leave shall be based on the employee’s months of service and hours of work as of the date of the qualifying life event.

University employees who become a parent via childbirth, adoption, foster care or another legal placement are eligible if:

  • The employee is full-time or part-time (half-time or more) in a permanent, probationary, or time-limited (benefits-eligible) position;
  • The employee has been continuously employed by the State of North Carolina for the immediate 12 preceding months; and
  • The employee has been in pay status for at least 1,040 hours in the previous twelve-month period

UNC System Resources:

EHRA Non-Faculty Employees are entitled to 24 days of vacation leave and 12 days of sick leave per calendar year. The amount of annual leave is adjusted proportionately for part-time employees in covered positions who work half-time or more. Leave shall be earned on a monthly basis. The monthly earnings amount is equal to one-twelfth of the annual leave accrual rate for each month the employee works or is on an approved leave with pay at least half the working days of the month.

The Chancellor, Provost, and Dean who are classified as EHRA Non-Faculty Tier 1 Senior Academic and Administrative Officers are entitled to 26 days of vacation leave and 12 days of sick leave per calendar year.

Permanent employees regularly scheduled to work at least 20 or more hours per week, and who are in pay status for at least one-half of the days in a month, are eligible to earn leave.

Permanent full-time employees (40 hours per week) earn vacation leave according to the chart below. Sick leave annual accrual is 96 hours. Employees who work less than 40 hours per week earn leave on a pro-rated basis according to the number of scheduled hours per week.

Years of Service Vacation Leave Annual Accrual Hours Earned per Month
0-4 112 hours 9.33
5-9 136 hours 11.33
10-14 160 hours 13.33
15-19 184 hours 15.33
20+ 208 hours 17.33

UNCSA Policy 628 provides for the voluntary sharing of vacation, bonus or sick leave among university employees in the event of serious and prolonged medical conditions that cause an employee to exhaust all available leave. It is not the intent of this policy to apply to incidental, normal, short-term medical conditions.

Apply for Voluntary Leave Donations