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Employee Leave not only refers to employees who are eligible to earn annual leave and sick leave, but also employees who are not eligible to earn annual and sick leave may be provided leave benefits through the University. University leave benefits include, but are not limited to: Funeral Leave, Compensatory Time Off (CTO), Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Military Leave, Emergency Leave and Catastrophic Leave. Each type of leave is provided for through University approved policies and procedures as well as the Board of Governor's Rule 3.5 for Employee Leave.

How to Request Leave:

All eligible employees use the WVU Portal employee portal where the WVU Leave Request System is located. Employees will be required to enter their Login and password. If an employee does not know or needs to reset their Login or password, they can get help by going to the Login Web Site.

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Benefits During a Leave of Absence

Paid Leave

Your benefits will continue during a paid leave. This includes pay from sick leave, annual leave, or catastrophic leave donations. Both the employee and employer contributions will continue as normal.

Unpaid Leave

During an unpaid leave of absence, you have the option within the first 31 days off payroll, to continue your benefits or waive them. Please fill out the Continuation of Benefits Form  to indicate your choice. If you choose to continue your benefits while on unpaid leave, you will receive a monthly invoice for which you will be responsible for the timely remittance. Coverage will stop if you do not make the payment before the due date. If you choose to waive your benefits while on an unpaid leave, you will have 31 days at the time of returning to work to elect benefits. For some vendor plans, medical evidence of insurability may be required to resume coverage upon return from leave. If you have any questions, please contact Benefits Billing.

University-Paid Benefits

The University will continue to pay your Group Term Life Insurance, as well as any employer portions for coverage, as long as the employee portion is paid in full. During a personal leave of absence, the employee is responsible for both the employee and employer portion of health insurance deductions.


During an unpaid leave of absence neither you, nor the University make contributions towards your retirement.

medical leave programs

WVU offers several options for employees needing medical leave.

Explore your medical leave options