Funeral leave may be taken in the event of the death of an employee's immediate family or household: husband, wife, father, mother, son, daughter, grandfather, grandmother, grandchild, great grandchild, great grandparent, brother, sister, father-in-law, mother-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepson and stepdaughter. Funeral leave is also extended to qualified same-sex domestic partners if they meet certain requirements as defined in the Board Report dated July 18, 2003.

The distance of funeral services from Muncie determines the period of leave, as follows:

3 workdays – within a 150-mile radius of Muncie

4 workdays – between 150 to 300-mile radius of Muncie

5 workdays – beyond a 300-mile radius of Muncie

7 workdays – outside of North America

(The additional days for travel are granted only when the employee travels to the services.)
You may check the funeral leave map showing the 150-mile radius and 300-mile radius markers.

Funeral leave may also be taken in the event of the death of a Staff Personnel member's other relative: brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepmother-in-law, stepfather-in-law, uncle, aunt, nephew, and niece. Paid leave is limited to one workday.

With the exceptions as noted, the following rule applies:

If an employee is on a paid or unpaid leave at the time of the death of a family member (as defined within the funeral leave policy), funeral leave is not available to that employee.

Exception One: If an employee has taken an Emergency Leave, a non-intermittent Family and Medical Leave, or Sick Leave (limit of five days per fiscal year) to care for a qualified family member, that leave terminates upon the death of the qualified family member and funeral leave would be available.

Exception Two: The employee is on an intermittent Family and Medical Leave.

Time off with pay may be granted to attend the funeral of a fellow employee. Such time off must be approved by the department head and University Human Resource Services and will be limited to the employees in the same work unit as the deceased employee. The interpretation of work unit will be the responsibility of the department head.