University Human Resource Services

Study Leave

A leave of absence without pay of up to and including 12 months may be granted to an eligible employee to provide an opportunity to gain additional education and skills to better fulfill the specified responsibilities of an employee’s present or future position at the university.   

An employee is eligible to apply for such a leave if the employee has been employed at least five (5) years at the university.  A Leave for Study requires the approval of the supervisor, department head, Dean or Vice President, and University Human Resource Services.  For an employee with over five (5) years of continuous full-time service, benefit plans may be continued during the leave for Study.   

Generally, a Leave for Study must be:  (1) related to the employee’s present position at the university; or (2) related to an employee’s potential development with the university; or (3) part of a program leading to a degree.   

Under an approved unpaid Leave for Study, an eligible employee using either the Employee Undergraduate Tuition Remission Program for Faculty, Professional, and Staff Personnel or the Employee Graduate Educational Assistance Program for Faculty, Professional, and Staff Personnel may enroll at Ball State University for up to 18 credit hours per fall semester, up to 18 credit hours per spring semester, and up to 18 hours during any combination of summer terms for a maximum enrollment of 54 credit hours in a 12-month period.   

If the employee fails to return to work at the university on or before the expiration of the Leave for Study, the employee will be considered to have resigned from the university.  If the employee fails to return to work at the university at the end of the leave and work for a period of time equal to the length of the leave, he or she must repay the portion of the benefit costs (including the fee remission programs) paid by the university during the Leave for Study.   

For eligibility information and to request leave of absence forms, please contact University Human Resource Services at 765-285-1036. 

University Human Resource Services
Administration Building (AD), Room 350
2000 University Avenue
Muncie, IN 47306

Hours: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday
Phone: 765-285-1834
Fax: 765-285-8663
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