Cornell University may allow professors and academic staff to take leave from appointed responsibilities under certain circumstances, including arrangements that support a balance between family life and university responsibilities.
The university strongly encourages academic managers and academics to work together to support family-friendly arrangements that anticipate programmatic imperatives and to be flexible in unanticipated family situations.
The terms and conditions governing a leave differ with the individual's academic role, the circumstances of the leave, and the source of funds.
Your local unit's administrative office.
1/25/2019: Changed "Cornell Academic Parental Leave" to "Cornell Acadmic Parental Workload Relief" throughout. Added notes to clarify "co-equal caregiving parent," the workweek, and which individuals are responsible to decide whether tenure clock extensions are appropriate. Added Workload Relief Request Form, its requirements, and links to it.
6/19/2018: Updated the Holidays and Recesses section on page 18 to reflect the revisions to the university's academic calendar.
5/3/2018: Added Schomburg Center Fellowships to the "Prestigious Fellowship Leave (Professorial)" section on page 31. Also updated hyperlinks throughout.