Extended Leaves

Short-Term Disability

The first 10 days of an extended absence are charged to an employee's SLR and/or CTO or will be unpaid if the employee has no accrued time available. Days 11 through six calendar months are, in most cases, paid through the Short-Term Disability Plan as long as necessary paperwork including appropriate medical documentation is completed and approved.

Long Term Disability

Benefit eligible employees will be covered by the University's group Long Term Disability (LTD) plan after one year of employment and the LTD annuity contribution after two years of employment. The one year waiting period can be waived for employees who had group coverage for one year prior to employment. (Employees should let HR know upon employment if this is the case). The University pays the entire premium for this benefit.

Employee Disability Accommodation Policy

Washington and Lee University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified employees with physical or mental disabilities, in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The University intends that these procedures will facilitate an interactive process of dialogue and timely exchange of information between the employee and the Executive Director of Human Resources (or designee).

FMLA (Family and Medical Leave)

Washington and Lee University offers family and medical leave in accordance with the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA), representing the minimum leave to which each eligible employee is entitled for qualifying circumstances.

Parental Leave

Eligible employees must request parental leave in writing to their supervisor (staff) or department head (faculty) ninety (90) days in advance of the requested leave start date (or as early as possible in the planning phase of an adoption process). Human Resources approves staff requests and the appropriate Dean approves faculty requests for parental leave. Parental leave is independent of other time off or sick leave benefits and runs concurrently with FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act).

Workplace Injuries, Incidents and Workers' Compensation

The University pays the entire cost of workers' compensation insurance covering all employees who sustain work-related accidents or illnesses. Workers' compensation insurance pays for authorized medical bills and a portion of an employee’s salary (up to 66.67% up to a maximum salary cap) when the employee is absent due to a compensable work-related injury or illness.


Washington and Lee is committed to helping employees remain healthy and on the job. The university and employees will work together to help employees return to work from injuries or illnesses sustained on or off the job. It is our policy that all accidents should be reported promptly and thoroughly investigated, and that appropriate action should be taken to prevent similar events from recurring.