Bereavement leave


The purpose of this Policy is to establish University’s policy, expectations and guidelines for time off without loss of pay in the event of the death of an immediate family member, when employees are eligible for bereavement leave.


In the unfortunate event of a death in the immediate family, a leave of absence of up to five (5) days with pay will be granted. These days are to be taken consecutively within a reasonable time of the day of death or day of the funeral, and may not be split or postponed.


Immediate Family Member—the employee’s:

  • Spouse
  • Domestic Partner;
  • Child;
  • Step-child;
  • Parents (including in-laws), step-parents;
  • Siblings, step-siblings;
  • Grandparents;
  • Grandchildren;
  • Person of significance.


Employees should make their supervisor aware of their situation. In turn, the supervisor should notify Employee Services of the reason and length of the employee’s absence.

Upon returning to work, the employee must record their absence as a Bereavement Leave on the attendance record.

To learn more about this policy or the supporting procedures, please contact Employee Services.

Policy updated on: Oct. 24, 2018