HR Operations

Bereavement leave

The University grants you up to three days of paid bereavement leave for the death of a family member. This is separate from your accrued sick and annual leave.

Definition of family member

If you are… A covered family member is…
Classified non-union Defined by Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 357-01-172 and 357-31-250
Contract classified Determined by your collective bargaining agreement
Professional staff Your spouse, same or opposite sex domestic partner, child, parent, sister, brother, grandparent, or grandchild
Your spouse’s or domestic partner’s child, parent, or grandparent
Those persons in a “step” relationship

Requesting bereavement leave

You must take bereavement leave in full-day increments.

To request bereavement leave, follow your department’s usual leave request procedures.

Your supervisor may require verification of the family member’s death.

Using other leave for bereavement time

Speak to your supervisor if you would like to use another type of leave for bereavement or condolence purposes. You may be able to use sick or other leave if:

  • Your loved one is not covered by your employment program’s or collective bargaining agreement’s definition of family member
  • Your bereavement leave time does not adequately cover bereavement obligations (such as having to travel a long distance)

Bereavement leave during probationary or trial service period

You are eligible for bereavement leave during your probationary or trial service period.

Your probationary or trial service period lengthens by the number of bereavement days you take.

Additional resources

APS 43.15 Leave Policy for Classified Non-Union Staff