A faculty member, prior to the year before his or her terminal year, may petition the Provost and Dean of Faculties for a one year extension of the probationary period preceding the tenure decision, based on the existence of special circumstances warranting an extension. These circumstances include leave required by persistent ill health, childbearing, adoption, or unusual requirements for the care of a family member. Such an extension is not automatic and requires explicit written approval of the Provost upon his or her determination that special circumstances warrant an extension.
The faculty member must request an extension within four months after the onset of the event or circumstances warranting the request.
In the case of maternity, however, an extension of the probationary period will be granted without request.