According to the Tenure Policy and the Procedures for Reviewing Candidates for Tenure and/or Promotion: Tenure-Track and Tenured Faculty, a probationary faculty member may extend their probationary period for one year at a time for:
- the birth, adoption, or foster placement of a child
- for caregiver responsibilities
- for personal illness or injury.
An extension of the probationary period is not a leave; during the extended period, a faculty member continues their teaching, research, and service responsibilities in the unit. The probationary period may be extended for no more than three years total for any combination of the three conditions above (excluding pandemic-related extensions).
For information about promotion and/or tenure at the University of Minnesota – Duluth, see UMD Tenure Code. Tenure and promotion processes for UMD differ from those on the other campuses because of their contract with the University Education Association.