Youngstown State University offers several paid and unpaid leave programs that support faculty and staff as they balance their career and family life.  Although each bargaining unit has its specific leave provisions, this summary only identifies those leaves that are common for all eligible employees addressed in this summary.

Paid Leave

The University provides paid sick leave, maternity leave, military leave, personal leave and legal leave which is used for jury duty or court appearances.  Each contract addresses the specific accruals for the bargaining unit.  The University Guidebook Policies outline the accruals for the excluded employees.

Unpaid Leave

When paid leave is exhausted employees may use unpaid leave for extended medical or disability reasons.  Employees may also request up to 6 months of unpaid leave for extended child care.


Youngstown State observes ten legal holidays throughout the academic year and summer session.  There may be times when the holiday is observed on a date other than the legal holiday.  A schedule of the University designated holidays is located on the Human Resources home webpage.

Family and Medical Leave (FMLA)

Eligible employees are entitled to up to 12 workweeks of protected leave during a 12-month period for the employees own serious illness; birth of a child; placement of a child for adoption or foster care; care of a child, spouse, or parent with a serious health condition; or because of any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that the employee’s spouse, son, daughter or parent is a covered military member and is called to active duty.  During the leave, health benefits are continued under the same terms and conditions as for active employees.  Upon the employee’s return from leave, restoration of employment to the same or an equivalent job will occur.

FMLA shall run concurrently with any paid leave of absence.

FMLA Employee Rights Poster*

Family and Medical Leave Request Form*

YSU certification of Healthcare Provider - employee*

YSU certification of Healthcare Provider - family member*

Return to Work and Medical Release Form*

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) effective April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020
  • To request time available through FFCRA, please complete the questionnaire and submit it to the Office of Human Resources at
  • FFCRA Poster / FFCRA Questionnaire
  • FOP
    Bereavement Maternity
    Child Care Military
    Education Parental
    Employee Medical Personal
    FMLA Sick
    Legal Training
  • APAS
    Association Military
    Bereavement Parental
    Child Care Personal
    Education Political
    Emergency Relief Professional
    Emergency Sick
    FMLA Staff Development
    Legal Training
    Liver, Kidney, or Bone Marrow Visiting
  • ACE
    Bereavement Legal
    Child Care Maternity
    Education Military
    Emergency Service Parental
    Emergency Personal
    Employee Medical Sick
    Family Medical Training
  • OEA
    Association Parental
    Civic Political
    Exchange Professional Leave with Pay
    FMLA Professional Leave without Pay
    Leave for Extended Serious Health Condition or Disability Sabbatical/Faculty Improvement
    Maternity Sick
  • Professional Administrative Excluded
    Bereavement Military
    Civic Parental
    FMLA Sick