Parental Leave

Faculty & Administrative Professionals

  CSU recognizes the importance of providing new parents with time off to bond with their child while also balancing their professional obligations. The Parental Leave program helps to create a work culture that supports employees through the process of welcoming a new child.

It is recommended to meet with your department head and discuss your options for taking Parental Leave. Full program details can be found on the Office of Policy and Compliance website or the Human Resources Manual.

Faculty & Administrative Professionals
Who is eligible?
Academic Faculty, Administrative Professionals, Post-Doctoral Fellows, Veterinary Interns and Clinical Psychology Interns with an appointment of at least half-time (50%) or greater who are benefits eligible.
Who is a parent?
Birth mother, birth father, adoptive parents, Primary Caregivers*, Non-Primary Caregivers

*A Primary Caregiver is the one parent (including the child's mother or father, or the spouse, domestic partner or civil union partner) who has primary responsibility for the care of a child immediately following the birth or adoption of the child into the custody, care and control of the parent for the first time.
How much Parental Leave am I entitled to?
Parental Leave consists of three (3) work weeks of paid time off, in addition to the employee's accrued Sick and Annual Leave (and any STD benefits to which the birth mother is entitled) to be used for the purpose of caring for and bonding with the child.
When can I take Parental Leave?
Parental Leave may be taken within the first year after delivery or placement for adoption and it runs concurrently with (is considered part of) Family Medical Leave (FML).
How do I apply and what documentation do I need to complete?
An eligible employee should first meet with their HR liaison to notify them of the timing and duration of Leave. The HR liaison will complete the Parental Leave Application and submit it to HR for approval.
Important Links

Other Helpful Resources for New Parents


Parental Leave Fringe Pool Reimbursement

Parental leave provides for the transfer of funds from the fringe pool to the employee's home department.

Birth Mother

Non-Tenure Track Faculty

up to 12 weeks
  • Sick and annual leave
  • Special leave/STD waiting period*
  • Parental leave
up to 16 weeks for the birth mother
  • Sick and annual leave
  • Parental leave
  • Plus an additional 5 (or 7) weeks of teaching relief*

Adoptive Parent (Primary Caregiver)

Non-Birth Parent or Adoptive Parent (Non-Primary Caregiver)

up to 9 weeks*
  • Sick and annual leave
  • Parental leave
up to 3 weeks
  • Parental leave

*Effective 07/2016