A faculty member applying for leave without pay shall submit a written request and obtain the endorsements of the appropriate department chair and the dean or campus president, and in the Health Sciences, the Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences. Such a request shall specify the period of time and the reason for such request.
Leaves of absence are approved by the Provost and the request should be forwarded to the Provost before December 1 of the academic year preceding the desired period of leave.
During the unpaid leaves of absence other than medical or family leaves , the University’s contributions toward medical, life, and disability insurances are suspended, although the faculty member may elect to continue the insurances by paying the full premium costs. Upon return from the leave, it is the responsibility of the faculty member to reactivate participation, if necessary, by submitting the appropriate forms to the Benefits Section of the Office of Human Resources.
During unpaid leaves of absence, all University contributions toward retirement are suspended. Upon return from the leave, participation will be activated in the same plan, unless the faculty member makes other arrangements, subject to the provisions of the plan.
(Taken from the July 2002 University of Pittsburgh, Faculty Handbook, page 54)