Research Leave Deferral Options

COVID-19 has introduced considerable uncertainty regarding the Fall, including for faculty who had planned to take research leave next semester.  In light of the possible disruptions, some of those faculty might wish to defer their planned leave.

In order to allow faculty flexibility, while managing teaching demands, the following options will be made available.

1. Sabbaticals approved for Fall 2020 can be deferred indefinitely, subject to normal rules regarding the timing of sabbatical leave.

2. Senior Faculty Research Fellowships approved for Fall 2020 can be deferred for up to 3 years – that is, the latest the leave can be taken is Fall 2023.  Deferred SFRFs will be treated as Georgetown University Research Leaves (GURLs), which officially replace SFRF starting next year.

3. Junior Faculty Research Fellowships approved for Fall 2020 can be deferred for up to 1 year – that is, the latest the leave can be taken is Fall 2021.

All deferrals require the approval of the faculty member’s chair and dean.  If a leave is deferred, it would be expected that the faculty member would teach a standard course load in Fall 2020, or would teach an overload in a future semester if the Fall 2020 class schedule cannot be adjusted to accommodate the change.

Requests for deferral of research leave planned for Fall 2020 must be submitted to the Provost’s Office and with the approval of the chair and dean, by May 15, 2020.  Please send any such requests to Lesley Sebastian.