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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Leave for Faculty

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

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

Community  Service and Civil Leave

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.


State full-time employees receive 12 paid holidays annually.

UNCSA 2019 Holiday Schedule

Holiday Date(s) Day(s)
New Year’s Day January 1 Tuesday
Martin Luther King Birthday January 21 Monday
Memorial Day May 27 Monday
Independence Day July 4 Thursday
Labor Day September 2 Monday
Thanksgiving November 28 and 29 Thursday-Friday
Winter holiday December 23-27* Monday-Friday

* To make the Winter holiday a 5-day break, Good Friday will be observed on Dec. 23, 2019, Christmas is observed Dec. 24-26, 2019 and Veterans Day holiday will be observed on Dec. 27, 2019.

Family Illness Leave

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.


Family and Medical Leave (FMLA)

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:

Military Leave

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.

Vacation & Sick Leave for EHRA Non-Faculty Employees

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.

Vacation & Sick Leave for SHRA Employees

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

Voluntary Shared Leave

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.

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