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The University of Michigan is proud to provide a comprehensive set of policies, programs, services, benefits, and resources for faculty members and their families. As part of the U-M faculty, you and your family are eligible to benefit from:

  • Reduced teaching assignment to care for your newborn or newly adopted child (or children)*.
  • The exclusion of one countable year from your tenure probationary period for childbirth, adoption, or dependent care*.
  • The University’s excellent dual career services, one of the most comprehensive in the country*.
  • The ability to enroll a dependent (where applicable) who meets the eligibility criteria in the category of  “Other Qualified Adult” in some of your benefit plans (more information is available from the Benefits Office).
  • Effective September 1, 2018 -- six (6) weeks paid Maternity (Childbirth) Leave to provide birth mothers with time for the physical recovery associated with childbirth; this leave is wholly separate from other available “sick” policies (e.g., short-term and extended sick);
  • Effective September 1, 2018 -- six (6) weeks paid Parental Leave to provide all new parents (whether by birth, adoption, foster care placement, or child guardianship events) with a period of bonding (birth mothers are also eligible for this paid leave); and
  • Effective September 1, 2018, eligibility period for paid Extended Sick Leave benefits reduced from two (2) years from time of hire to one (1) year.

* For tenure-track and tenured faculty members.

Please Note: This portion of the Provost’s website is one source of information only. Official University policies can be found in the Regents’ Bylaws and the Standard Practice Guide (SPG).

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