3.68 – Bereavement Leave

A.    Purpose

To establish standards for full-time employees to take bereavement leave.

B.    Policy

The college provides bereavement leave for full-time employees.

C.    Procedures

Full-time employees who request time off due to the death of an immediate family member should notify their supervisor immediately. Each full-time employee has up to five (5) days for paid bereavement leave per instance. The maximum bereavement leave granted per fiscal year shall be ten (10) days. While the days off do not have to be consecutive, bereavement days should be taken within 30 days from the date of the death. Special circumstances need to be requested through the supervisor.

In addition, employees may, with their supervisor’s approval, use up to 80 hours (10 days) of their accumulated sick leave for bereavement per fiscal year. Bereavement hours will not count as hours worked for overtime purposes or other special forms of compensation.

In the event of the death of other relatives not defined above as immediate family, employees may be granted time off to attend the funeral using vacation or personal leave. For full-time faculty only, available accrued sick leave may be used to attend the funeral of relatives not defined above as immediate family.

In the event there is insufficient time accrued to cover the absence, the absence will be recorded as an approved absence, but unpaid, provided the time off is arranged through their supervisor.

Documentation may be requested to verify the need for leave.

D.    Definitions

Immediate family is defined as spouse, parents, children, siblings, grandparents and grandchildren (including foster, step, and in-law relationships).

E.    Authority

This policy and these procedures are maintained under the authority of the chief human resources officer.

F.    Related Policies

3.66 – Sick Leave and Usage

3.67 – Vacation Leave and Usage

G.    Implementation

Policy approved and adopted by the Board of Trustees on 1/13/2020.

Purpose, Procedures, Definitions, Authority and Related Policies approved and adopted by the Chancellor’s Cabinet on 12/12/2019, revised on 09/05/23.

Set for review in fiscal year 2026-2027.