In support of all our employees, the University will offer paid leave for those who are diagnosed with Covid-19 for use while unable to work due to Covid:

  • For regular staff who are diagnosed with Covid-19, the University will provide an immediate, one-time allotment of up to fifteen (15) continuous days of COVID leave with pay to cover work days missed due to COVID.  The leave begins on the day an employee tests positive for COVID (or is diagnosed with COVID by a physician) and all days must be used within twenty one (21) calendar days.  COVID leave may not be used for illnesses unrelated to COVID.  COVID leave is available for up to fifteen (15) days, but will usually end earlier as most cases run their full course in ten (10) calendar days after diagnosis - employees should return to work as soon as cleared by their physician.

Example 1: Ed normally works Monday to Friday and is diagnosed with COVID on a Monday.  He may take 5 days of COVID leave during the first work week, 5 days the next week, and 5 days the third week for a total of 15 COVID leave days.  If Ed recovers from COVID and is not contagious, he is expected to return to work on his next scheduled work day, even if he has not used the full 15 days of COVID leave.

Example 2: Ed normally works Monday to Friday and is diagnosed with COVID on a Wednesday.  He may take 3 days of COVID leave the first week,  5 days the next week, 5 days the third week, and 2 days the fourth week if needed for a total of 15 COVID leave days.

  • Employees who test positive for Covid-19 will be contacted by the Employee Relations team to certify their diagnosis and make arrangements to receive their leave.  This program will replace the previous Advance of Sick Leave program created at the beginning of the pandemic.
  • Faculty who are diagnosed with Covid-19, informed by their Instructional Continuity planning, should continue to work with their department chairs and school Deans to make arrangements for their paid leave while recovering.

Example 3:  Ann is a part time employee who works 3 days a week and tests positive for COVID on a  Monday.  She may use 3 days of COVID leave the first week, 3 days the second week, 3 days the second week, and 3 days the third week for a total of 9 days.  She cannot use all 15 days because her leave days are not consecutive and 21 calendar days will have passed by the end of the 3rd week.

For more information, please send email to HR-EmployeeRelations@cua.edu.