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Excessive Use and/or Abuse of Sick Leave

The University may refuse to pay sick leave pay if it is determined that the claim for sick leave is fraudulent based on authorized purposes. Sick leave abuse occurs when an employee uses sick leave for unauthorized purposes or misrepresents the actual reason for charging an absence to sick leave.

Sick leave abuse may also occur when an employee establishes a pattern of sick leave over a period of time, such as:

  • the day before or after a holiday
  • on a Monday and/or Friday
  • after a payday
  • any one specific day
  • half-day
  • continued pattern of maintaining zero or near zero sick leave balances

The University reserves the right to require acceptable evidence of illness, injury, or disability before allowing any sick leave benefits. Employees who misuse sick leave may be subject to the University's progressive disciplinary process which could lead to suspension or discharge.